John Clark Meets “The SFA”

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Paddy malarkey 10th February 2016 at 3:51 pm #Also, while …

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paddy malarkey 10th February 2016 at 3:51 pm #Also, while I’m awake, if MA/SD take full ownership of RR, what are the effects does the giving of notice on the 7 year deal have ? Thanks in advance
The full terms of the agreements between TRFC and Sports Direct are not in the public domain. We only know about the 7 year notice period because someone leaked that juicy titbit to the press. There is some detail provided in the AIM admission document, but  clearly not the full details. 
I would guess (but it’s only a guess) that the 7 year notice period on the Retail deal would survive if SD took over RR entirely. However I have no idea what happens to the worldwide IP licence held by RR once the Retail 7 year notice period expires. That licence appears to be subject to a separate agreement. I have no way of knowing whether there is a separate (or any) notice period for the IP agreement, or whether it simply ends with the Retail deal.. 

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John Clark Meets “The SFA”

tayred 16th February 2016 at 3:41 pm #
This isn’t about bias, or being anti-Celtic or Pro-Aberdeen. This is about referees making the game pointless. We all come on here and rant about how useless the SFA are, and then willingly stand-by and ignore the ineptness of their representatives on the pitch.

The SFA are useless- let’s start right there. How many examples of utter uselessness and unfitness for purpose have we seen from the SFA in recent years? The recent cup draw fiasco? The East Kilbride cup tie venue fiasco? The flight from Tblisi fiasco? The disabled stuck behind the billboards at Hampden fiasco? And many more.
There are honestly too many monumental screw-ups to remember, much less mention. All symptomatic of a totally failed organisation. The referees are just part of that. The fact that Collum, probably agreed by most fans to be the worst of the top flight referees in Scotland, has been nominated by the SFA to officiate at the Euros, is just another pointer to the total inadequacy and incompetence of the SFA. This has been going on for many years. How long before the clubs take action? I won’t hold my breath.

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
easyJambo 16th February 2016 at 1:15 pm #John James’ latest blog is getting close to crossing the line once again naming individuals and discussing evidence that may be disclosed at the Fraudco trial. However the message behind the blog could well have some plausibility in it.

I read that and wondered- what’s the agenda here? Naming an important crown witness in an imminent criminal trial? Why? I think there is more to this than meets the eye. 

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
Atlantic League time again, folks! (or Radar has some space to fill in the Record)

THE Dutchman who tried to launch the Atlantic League 16 years ago has revealed secret talks are at an advanced stage to bring the proposal back to life.
Former PSV Eindhoven chairman Harry van Raaij – the mastermind behind the aborted plan to set up a cross border league including Celtic and Rangers – has confirmed a consortium of businessmen based in England have approached him as they bid to resurrect the idea which was booted into touch by UEFA in the summer of 2000.
Sources in Holland claim these closed door discussions have been on going for months and that they are being financially backed by potential sponsors and even a broadcast partner.
The entire project is based upon the blue print which Van Raaij drew up all those years ago along with former Rangers chairman Sir David Murray – a radical cross border shake-up which was backed at the time by Celtic and Anderlecht.

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The Vice Closes
It seems that Broadfoot’s amateur hour PR ploy of leaking a 5 year old confidential letter from Celtic to the SFA has spectacularly backfired. Now it’s all out in the open- and having first broken confidence themselves, the SFA cannot complain about that.
Celtic’s 5 year restraint, in keeping their dealings with the SFA confidential, cost them a lot, not just my season ticket money, but  doubtless the money of a few others besides, plus, and more importantly, the erosion by many others of their faith in the club they have loved all their lives.
Now Regan is staring at the abyss. As I posted yesterday, even the leaking of Celtic’s 2012 letter would, in itself, finish him in any normal association. Can he now do anything other than resign? He faces pressure from the SPFL for an enquiry. He faces a Judicial Review which could extend to all shenanigans going back 10 years and more.
Even his own Compliance Officer, who I assume is a solicitor with something to lose professionally, will shortly be opening a few rusty old filing cabinets in Ogilvie’s old room. I was going to say look under the carpet, but that really is a stretch for an internal enquiry.
On a personal level, I can now resume my relationship with CFC, happy in the knowledge that my club were not ignoring the corruption, but challenging it in a professional manner. That feels very good indeed, believe me.

The Vice Closes
If it is correct that Celtic’s 5 year old letter to the SFA was leaked to The Times by the SFA’s former employee and current PR guru, Mr Broadfoot, presumably as the opening shot in a “divide and rule” campaign, then the SFA have some serious questions to answer.
Is that how a competent governing body treats one of its members? A leak of private correspondence? Really? Celtic should kick up such a stooshie about this leak that the instigator (and you can be sure that Broadfoot is only carrying out instructions) is identified and booted out of Scottish football.
There are clearly individuals within the SFA who think that they can act as they like with total impunity. They have learned nothing from the Farry episode. It’s time they were taught a lesson once and for all.  

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DarkbeforedawnJuly 9, 2017 at 15:55  
The Rangers Tax Case was seen as a test study into EBTs in football, and many media outlets think this is the tip of the iceberg, particularly in England. Surely the SFA should consult with their cross border counterparts on what actions may be taken? Arsenal have already settled an EBT case for their title winning year, so if we are applying the logic Rangers should have titles stripped because they were using illegal means of paying their players, surely Arsenals league titled should be taken away? And what if a number of other big fish in England are found guilty?
All English clubs involved either already have, or very soon will, reach settlements with HMRC. Nobody is going to court, because they aren’t stupid enough or arrogant enough to assume that they can win in the face of the facts, just because of who they are.
It was open to Rangers to correct matters by being open and honest with HMRC, and paying up, but firstly they didn’t see why they should, and secondly, they had no way of paying.
The fact that Rangers evaded more tax than they could subsequently repay just highlights the industrial scale of what went on at that club.
If the English clubs involved  took it a step further, as Rangers did, and concealed EBT payments from the FA, or had undisclosed side letters as part of players’ contracts, then of course the FA should take action.
The footballing offence is not tax evasion as such, but false reporting to the SFA of payments to players, and failure to lodge correct player contract details with the SFA.
What the SC judgement blows away totally is the “no sporting advantage” reasoning of LNS. Other clubs could not save on PAYE by using the EBT payment method. That is now an established fact.  
I’m pretty sure that industrial scale tax evasion could, in fact probably should, also lead to footballing charges along the lines of “bringing the game into disrepute”, but it will be snowing hard in hell the day that the SFA take that line with any club playing out of Ibrox.

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