John Clark Meets “The SFA”

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Auldeid, I swear I didn’t read that before I posted!  …

Comment on John Clark Meets “The SFA” by jimbo.

Auldeid, I swear I didn’t read that before I posted!  I notice the article was from 2011, it’s a pity that these ideas are put about but never explored by the authorities (I think).

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John Clark Meets “The SFA”

Funny you should mention that but I was talking to someone at the weekend who has a bit of knowledge on the subject.

I think the answer is it would make no difference with sports hacks.  If they want to be in a job they will follow the party line regardless of who they support or are known to support.  The editor/ publisher will decide the general direction of the paper.  It’s all about demographics.  We can see that in the Glasgow papers.  Celtic supporters have all but abandoned the Daily Record, so they know where their bread is buttered.

It’s probably the same with Edinburgh Evening News which I used to buy a lot – full of news about Hearts & Hibs! The Press & Journal etc.

I don’t know how many pundits from a Celtic background jump on to the gravy train and rarely have a good word to say about Celtic.  They follow orders, even at Sky & The BBC.

Happily it just makes it all the sweeter when we win something. 03

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
up the hoops,

I would be less interested in a referees religion but there is an argument to be made in it being known which team they support/ supported.  They should make a declaration at the outset of their career and be recused from those games which involve their chosen team.  Of course when this has been mentioned in the past their was outrage at the thought that a referee could be influenced in any way even subconsciously.  Ask any psychologist if that could be true or not.   Or is the concept of a referee being a ‘homer’ complete nonsense.

Remember the famous (notorious to Celtic fans) referee who requested that his last match would be at Ibrox.  But of course that is my paranoia kicking in again.  Must have a word with that psychologist 21.

And before anyone says it, I know and realise that clubs outside Glasgow have legitimate complaints too.

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
I think a start to the Scottish refereeing problem would be to separate it from the dead hand of the SFA.  The SPFL should announce that it is putting a contract out to tender to allow new organisations to step forward with plans.  I don’t know how referees are trained, monitored or promoted but I think a points system, maybe independent monitors, should be used to decide the level they officiate at. Do away with salaries, match fees only.   To be honest I’m thinking on my feet, but anything has to be better than the omnishambles we have at present.

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