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A email sent to Ann Budge today, via her PA. Dear …

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A email sent to Ann Budge today, via her PA.

Dear Ann, I am a long time Hearts supporter, shareholder and FOH member. Like many Scottish football supporters I have been disgusted in recent years by the actions and inactions of the SFA over the now historic scandals surrounding Rangers FC, to list them and detail them would make this communication far too lengthy and, I’m sure, you’ve heard much of what I’d say already from other sources.  I would, however, like to draw your attention to two recent articles written by people not connected, in any way, to Scottish football, and who are definitely not people who could be dismissed as ‘internet bampots’ or ‘Celtic bloggers’.  The publications involved are, in fact, dedicated to outing those who would cheat on their tax liabilities, using properly researched facts, and can, in no way, be dismissed as having an agenda supporting one side or the other within Scottish football, unlike those within the Scottish media such as Keith Jackson of the Daily Record and so many others. You will see, should you choose to read the articles (if you have not already), that they are very scathing of the roles played by the SFA in the highlighted examples of maladministration and, in particular, by Campbell Ogilvie. Sadly, though Mr Ogilvie has now left Hampden, there are others who continue in the same vein. I am not requesting you to become a campaigner for justice within Scottish football, nor that you take any leading role in ensuring our game becomes one we can all accept as honest (few informed supporters do at present), I would just like to know that you are as aware of the standard of football governance we currently have and that, after years of cover ups involving the Scottish based media, you are aware that the facts are becoming available further afield.  I should welcome a response, but know it is generally standard within Scottish football that such is not normally the case, but do hope you take the time to read these articles and, if appropriate, re-assess what you have hitherto taken to be the ‘truth’. If nothing else, please use it as a catalyst for your own research into the matters.  The links to the articles are: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2016/05/06/rangers-tax-case-draws-calls-independent-inquiry-scottish-football/ http://www.theoffshoregame.net/475-2/ I am a regular contributor to Scottish Football Monitor, under the pseudonym Allyjambo, and shall be copying this email to it. I will, however, observe any request for confidentiality should you choose to reply, save mention that said reply was satisfactory or otherwise. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for the terrific job you are doing at the club I love. 
AJ

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I see Alex Thomson is engaging on twitter. He says Channel 4 News is examining the Offshore game article looking to see if there’s anything ‘new’ in it. Seems to me that that’s a rather short sighted view of it; of course there’s nothing ‘new’ in it, many have been challenging the SFA, the SMSM and others for years over the issues, but no one has dared to engage other than with put-downs on twitter. What’s more, not one journalist has ever dared hint at the complicity of the SFA to the level that this article has.

If Channel 4 News decides there is nothing ‘new’, then perhaps they should consider doing a story asking why such old news remains uncovered in Scotland! And, more importantly, start chasing the SFA for answers! They could, also, do as I suggested to OTG earlier, contact UEFA for comment!

You’d think in the current climate surrounding FIFA and UEFA along with billionaire tax cheat revelations that news agencies, particularly like Channel 4, would want to take this story up and run with it all the way.


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Thanks to those who gave Offshore Game contact info. I have emailed the following, and will, of course, post any reply I receive.

Subject – Doing SFA For Fair Play… ‏

To those involved,   I have been an avid follower of the scandal surrounding Rangers FC and the treatment of that club by the SFA, SFL/SPFL and the Scottish media and, after years of very biased reporting, and so very often non-reporting, by said Scottish media, I can’t express fully my delight that the Offshore Game has published a hard hitting report of the part played by the SFA in what must be the biggest scandal upon scandal to ever hit British football. 

Sadly, however, the Scottish media has been true to their chosen style of ‘journalism’ and have completely blanked the story, with one of the few to raise their head above the parapet even claiming, on twitter, it’s ‘old news’ – but, of course, news they never saw fit to report in anything other than in minimal and most dismissive of terms! 

The conspiracy of silence continues. 

With that in mind, I do wonder if you have approached UEFA for comment on the matter, and, if not, do you intend to approach them? As you may well know, UEFA have refused to engage with Celtic shareholders over ‘Resolution 12’, which creates an effective block on those who would like to see them get involved and create an effective challenge to the SFA’s stance of ‘nothing to see here, let’s move on’.  Perhaps you would have more success. I do hope you will be able to engage with UEFA in this and also continue to monitor the effect your article has on Scottish football, which, so far, is delight amongst those seeking openness and transparency, but total silence from the SFA and it’s compliant media. Many thanks for your excellent article. Best regards,
(Proper name given and note that I am happy to give my address if requested) 

PS I am a Hearts supporter and post on the Scottish Football Monitor under the pseudonym Allyjambo.


Journey’s End?
I’ve a question I’d like to ask the writer of the Offshore Game’s piece on the SFA, but can’t find an email address. If anyone knows it can you either let me know it, or ask them something along the lines of the following?

‘Unsurprisingly, the Scottish media have completely blanked your story, ensuring that, within Scotland, nothing will be done to investigate the matter and right the wrongs. I was wondering, therefor, if you have contacted anyone at UEFA to ask their thoughts on the matter?’


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Big PinkJanuary 2, 2018 at 13:54 
AJI suspect the TDs are not from SFM folk (remember the ratings are available to all manner of trolls). It is a disgusting world-view if made in earnest. A shocking way to score a point if not.
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I didn’t, for a moment, suspect they were from anyone who posts here, even the more prolific troll posters are better than that, I am sure. 

For some time now I have had the feeling that there is someone, or some people, coming on here and just TDing a number of posts without bothering to read their content, either out of malice or as some sort of concerted effort on behalf of people with reason to dislike our message. It really is quite strange how, suddenly, a number of posts receive one, two or occasionally three thumbs down in very short order, and often posts like uth’s, that could offend no one, receive these petty TDs as a result. 

I can honestly say that I have never read anything from our regular, or occasional, posters that might suggest they would TD anything relating to that terrible day. I include, of course, all supporters of Celtic and RFC/TRFC who have, over the years, made their arguments on SFM. My experience of Celtic supporters talking of that day is one that leaves me certain in the knowledge that only the basest of their support (and we all have them) were not badly effected by the disaster and in full sympathy with the deceased, their families and the wider Rangers support. 

I can still remember that night, sitting in the Queens Arms in Edinburgh, watching the death count rising on the TV, waiting for one of our mates we knew was at the game, getting more and more nervous until he appeared. It had a lasting effect on me.


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upthehoopsJanuary 2, 2018 at 08:52 29 2
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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.
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Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?

It kind of confirms my belief that there are people coming onto this site who don’t read the posts, but are assigned with the task of creating the appearance that there is some disagreement with posts that mostly criticise Rangers(IL) and TRFC and hit the TD button without thought.

Alternatively, of course, it could just be that others, like myself, have difficulty hitting the correct symbol on tablets or mobile phones, I certainly hope that is the case here.

Thanks to Upthehoops for reminding us of that sad day, something we should do every year as a mark of respect for those who died on Scottish football’s worst day.


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DarkbeforedawnJanuary 2, 2018 at 03:48 
Stevie BC, the issue with declaring himself bankrupt is it stops him holding any director role in a company in the UK and possibly South Africa. I can’t see him doing that “for the sake of the club”. I think like Murray before him he likes the limelight. He knows very well the best option for the club would be resign as any acting party in the club and still provide the soft loans. It would take all scrutiny away from the club and could leave the chairman role to someone more respected such as Alistair Johnston. That would stop the risk of the TOP ruling having such a huge impact on the club. It’s the selfless and obvious choice to make and he could still be seen as the saviour from abroad saving the club through loans, but he wouldn’t get the same exposure he so much craves. His defiance is what will lead to his downfall and his selfishness could lead lead to the downfall of the club.
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DBD, though I used your above post to highlight the impossibility of separating club from company, I have to agree, to some extent, with the thrust of the post. While I am not sure that by declaring himself bankrupt that King could escape the wrath of the TOP and CoS, he isn’t going to do anything for the benefit of your club if it doesn’t benefit him, or save him, at the same time.

That said, however, King’s ‘ownership’ of the NOAL Trust was established in court to the judge’s satisfaction, and I doubt that he would get away with making further loans to RIFC plc through it or any other hidden avenue, once declared bankrupt. Indeed, despite my limited knowledge of bankruptcy laws, I am certain that King (or anyone else) can’t just announce bankruptcy and clear themselves of all fiscal responsibilities, they have to prove they have no money to meet their debts, and as far as we know, King doesn’t have any – and if he had, the court would make sure the funds in his NOAL Trust would be used to meet them, as far as possible, with, I am sure, an investigation into what other (disguised)investments he holds. One thing’s for sure, he would not be allowed to ‘lend’ any money to RIFC/TRFC, and, if he does, indeed, have substantial debts, his creditors might well force the return of his existing RIFC loans to meet his debts.

One thing’s for sure, the law will not allow someone to avoid the consequences of breaking the laws and regulations of the land by availing one’s self of the laws of bankruptcy! While a little tax cheating scrote like Barry Ferguson might get away with transferring his assets to his wife, just prior to receiving his tax bill, King and his money are already on the court’s radar and I doubt that even his Masonic connections would be enough to let him get away with further fraudulent behaviour.

Something I am sure of, and has to be considered before wondering if bankruptcy is a way out for both/either King or RIFC, and that is – you have to have debts that you demonstrably can’t meet before you can petition for bankruptcy. Unless King has very substantial debts, that outweigh, at least, the funds held in the NOAL Trust, then he has no grounds to declare himself bankrupt.


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DarkbeforedawnJanuary 2, 2018 at 03:48 
Stevie BC, the issue with declaring himself bankrupt is it stops him holding any director role in a company in the UK and possibly South Africa. I can’t see him doing that “for the sake of the club”. I think like Murray before him he likes the limelight. He knows very well the best option for the club would be resign as any acting party in the club and still provide the soft loans. It would take all scrutiny away from the club and could leave the chairman role to someone more respected such as Alistair Johnston. That would stop the risk of the TOP ruling having such a huge impact on the club. It’s the selfless and obvious choice to make and he could still be seen as the saviour from abroad saving the club through loans, but he wouldn’t get the same exposure he so much craves. His defiance is what will lead to his downfall and his selfishness could lead lead to the downfall of the club.
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Hi, DBD, and a Happy New Year to you.

While your recent posts have been pretty good, showing a realistic approach to what’s happening at your club, might I ask how it could be that the chairman of RIFC’s selfishness, and I presume you include his dishonesty in that, could lead to your club’s downfall, if, as you’ve previously claimed, the club is separate from the company? Surely, in your belief structure, it would only be the company, TRFC Ltd, that would ‘fall down’, and the club would just sit around, responsible for none of the inherent financial chicanery of the ‘overspend our way to success’ ethos that permeates at Ibrox, until some new ‘football company’ is set up to carry the can again!

I know it’s a bit early in the year to reintroduce the OC/NC debate, but I am wondering if you’ve, perhaps, come to realise that the idea that a football club can, for some skewed reason, escape the consequences of it’s own greed, is pretty ludicrous?


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ODDJOBJANUARY 1, 2018 at 13:42
Allyjambo,Thanks.I also suspect that the assignation of ” ra deeds” would provoke an angry response in some quarters
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And I suspect that the assignation of ‘ra deeds’, should it ever come to pass, might well be the last throw of the dice! What’s more, once any assets are used as security, it reduces the amount the current lenders are likely to get in the event of liquidation. It may well be that the directors, who are now refusing to give more loans, have, rather than reached the end of their free funds, decided that the lending has reached a level greater than, or close to, the total value of the group’s assets.

It’s one thing lending without security when in a position to ensure there is enough in the pot to, more or less, cover the amount of the loans, it’s an altogether different thing once someone else gets that security!

Whatever the accounts give as a value for the fixed and current assets, the directors will all have a very good idea of the realisable value of those assets (particularly the heritable asset value), and should total creditors begin to outstrip that value, they may well begin to wonder if it’s time to call in the administrators. Granting security over some of the heritable assets would only hasten the moment for unpleasant decisions.

If PMGB is correct in saying King is looking out for loans secured on the club’s heritable assets, then I am certain that the rest of the directors would carry out proper due diligence on the potential lenders before granting any security. Not that they have any dodgy characters in their midst, or anything, just that they are canny businessmen.


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