Podcast Episode 1


Not The Huddle Malcontent says: February 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm “Imran …

Comment on Podcast Episode 1 by Castofthousands.

Not The Huddle Malcontent says:
February 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

“Imran is back before Lord Tyre tomorrow”
Where is that court premises located?

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· Acquisition of the Albion car park and Edmiston House for future ventures to enhance match day experience in January 2013

Given the potential for misinterpretation of RNS announcements, should that have perhaps read ‘adventures’.

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Danish Pastry says:
February 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

“I usually avoid comments sections as there’s so much point scoring and animosity. That said, I thought it was a mostly reasonable debate too.”
Congratulations TSFM in opening up a debate that the SMSM were unwilling or incapable of igniting.

You might look in at these comments from the outside and feel that the agenda is a bit skewed but like a cup game between a big team and a wee team, it is all to play for. This is in stark contrast to the PR and media driven discourse that existed previously and which does not appear to have served the ordinary citizen well. These towers of authority seem to be toppling before our very eyes and may be followed by others in the fullness of time (even if their occupants are incapable of recognising the inevitable).

The dam has well and truly burst. Ranges fans are now in a much better position to make a judgement about how they should support their club as time progresses. We might offer insight and a proliferation of barbed comments but the upshot is that people are looking at the evidence themselves and entering into open debate without fear of cyber intimidation. This is surely a positive outcome however it was arrived at. Exactly how Rangers fans wrestle control of their club, from characters who may only be in it for what they can gain, is a matter for them to decide. I’d like to think that TSFM has facilitated this reawakening as well as providing entertainment for readers and contributors.

It has been difficult to maintain any semblance of impartiality given that the blog’s raison d’etre arose from the kernel of ‘Rangers Tax Case’. It may be that the lack of partiality actually led to a more energetic exposure of the covert machinations. The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

I’d have to give a bit of credit to Charlotte also, whoever he may be. Having a window onto the tortured application of PR agendas helped convince me that I couldn’t believe what I read in the SMSM except as an indicator that the opposite was likely to be true.

Grande chapeaux TSFM.

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Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
I was watching some youtube concerning chaos theory a few days ago. Not that I understood it fully but the basic concepts were intelligible to me.

Chaotic behavour might be experienced by bridges for instance during high wind events. The predictable environment for which the structure was designed to sustain might be breached and oscillations set up that ultimately shake the thing to bits.
It seems that any system can sustain a certain level of complexity: Parameters that are exceeded without any catastrophic consequences. However if the ‘complexity’ continues to increase then it is likely that at some point the system will fall into chaos.
I think that is where we might be in the timeline of the farrago. Pressure has been ratcheted up over a number of years and now a major event has introduced a whole new level of complexity.
The SFA currently probably have the least control over events than at any time since 2012. Their tactics will be reactive: They will have no coherent forward strategy: They will not be in possession of an ethical framework that might help guide them to safety.
LNS now looks like part of the cover up. However this malfeasance was hidden in plain sight. Rather than being an instrument to mock football fans and supporters it has now turned into a gravestone that seems only to be lacking an inscription and dates. Football supporters weren’t meant to be able to decipher the legal jargon. In reality if you scratch the surface of the rhetoric of bile there is beneath a cohort of supporters who have a firm grip on the facts. Those supporters help inform their associates and thus attempts to create a false narrative have been foiled.
The situation is finely balanced between order and chaos. Who knows what events might sway this balance.
Perhaps a fans group will take some sort of legal action. Perhaps clubs will start to exact influence. Perhaps a wealthy private individual will take it upon themselves to mount some kind of legal challenge to LNS. These option may not all be feasible but there may be many others not yet considered that are.
Either way it looks like the good ship SFA is taking another voyage through the icebergs.

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
AllyjamboJuly 8, 2017 at 10:09

“Until now, we have all looked at the mis-registration aspect only to be a ploy to avoid detection by HMRC, and undoubtedly it was, but I think it has blinded us to the quite simple fact that improper payments, definitely illegal within the confines of football, and possibly criminal within the law of the land, were made.”

Is the general lack of inertia in addressing this matter a symptom of a wider culture of casual payments within the game? We know that historically football has been quite lax in its fiscal controls. Does this history confer a collective guilt that makes clubs reluctant to become animated in current circumstances?

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 DunderheidJuly 7, 2017 at 21:35
I wonder: can anyone give me a link to the SFA’s rules vis-à-vis the powers of its Board?

Might be amongst this lot. Hopefully the multiple links will stick.
SFA articles of association



Click to access SFA_HANDBOOK_53-136_Articles_of_Association.pdf

SFA registration procedures

Click to access SFA_HANDBOOK_201-280_Registration_Procedures.pdf

SFA cup competition rules

Click to access Cup%20competition%20rules.pdf

SFA’s club licensing criteria (December 2013)

Click to access Prt%202%20Sct%208%20-%20Leg,%20Admin,%20Finance,Codes%20(2).pdf

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
DarkbeforedawnJuly 6, 2017 at 10:54

“Rangers were never, at any time, accused of operating an illegal tax evasion scheme and if they had been, this would be a criminal proceedings and not a civil one.”
” However, I cannot think of a single example in history where a club has had trophies stripped for owing a debt?”

The validity of the honours won during the EBT period is not questioned simply because the club had debts. The footballing integrity argument arises from the mis-registration of players.
RFC might argue that they believed the payments they made were legitimate loans and need therefore not appear as part of a players contract on their registration document. To accept such a level of ‘self-certification’ however would render the whole registration process pointless. The so called loans were so obviously part of the players contract that their absence from the registration process could be best explained by a wish to keep them hidden from simple scrutiny.
In effect the registration rules were circumvented to facilitate a commercial risk.
That doesn’t look a lot like sporting integrity to me.

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
HirsutePursuitJuly 6, 2017 at 00:35
“Similarly, the commission could accept the idea that the EBT arrangements were legal in all cases.”
I appreciate you are simply stating the commission’s premise but it seems such a fundamental error for LNS’ panel to base their decision significantly on a separate decision that was subject to appeal (FTT BTC ruling). It was such an obviously contentious case that it would seem naive to latch onto it for any kind of justification.

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