Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?


I wonder if this will apply to the SFA and …

Comment on Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed? by nowoldandgrumpy.

I wonder if this will apply to the SFA and Scottish Football.

Coventry City owners must be unmasked, says MP leading campaign to change football

Damian Collins MP also wants to clubs to be tied to their grounds to prevent another situation like Sky Blues move to Northampton
Damian Collins MP
The situation at Coventry City is the most severe example that current football governance is failing.

That is the view of a leading politician who will chair a debate on reforming football governance at Westminster Hall today as he aims to push through a bill to force changes to the way the game is run.

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, will refer to the Sky Blues fiasco as he addresses politicians about changes he feels are needed around football ownership and finance.

He said: “The owners of Coventry City have run the club into the ground. It is an absolute disgrace what they have done there and it should not be allowed to happen again.”

He added: “We have to stop private individuals running clubs into the ground.

“Coventry City is probably the most stark example in the country of just how bad the situation is at the moment.”

Current regulations do not require Sisu’s investors to be named as owners of City due to the relatively small stake in the club owned by each individual. But Mr Collins said that would change if his bill is passed.

“At Coventry City we don’t even know who owns the club. Anyone who owns any stake in the club has to be published,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s right that fans don’t who the owners of their club are. There are many reasons why fans would want to know that.

“We want to know where they have come from and what their motivation is.”

Mr Collins has also called for clubs to be tied to their grounds to prevent another situation like the one which has seen the Sky Blues play its ‘home’ matches 35 miles from Coventry.

He said: “The reason Coventry have left is because of the financial situation the club has got itself into.

“It should be a matter for the FA to determine whether a club should be able to move away. A club and its ground should be locked together.

“It should not be allowed to happen where we have a situation like Coventry’s where the team plays miles away from their home city.”

The Tory MP’s bill will also call for an end to the football creditors rule which sees money owed to those in the football community paid first when clubs find themselves in distress.

The bill is backed by 11 MPs, including Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham, and could be passed in time for the 2015/16 season.

But Mr Collins said he hoped the football authorities would act before they were pushed: “Most of the things in the bill can be put into place by the football authorities themselves. But if the authorities won’t act, then the government will intervene.”

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sevco then sevco now ‏@junglebhoy60 1m
CAS upholds three-year rule decision on Timişoara – –

This is how SFA should act.

CAS upholds three-year rule decision on Timişoara
Thursday 21 July 2011 13.54 CET
The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal by Romanian club FC Timişoara against a UEFA decision regarding the three-year rule, which is an important feature of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

Pursuant to this rule, clubs are not allowed to change their legal form or structure in order to obtain a licence, simply by ‘cleaning up’ their balance sheet while offloading debts onto a new entity that might potentially go bankrupt – thus harming creditors (including employees and social/tax authorities) as well as threatening the integrity of sporting competition. Any such alteration of a club’s legal form or structure is deemed to be an interruption to its membership of a UEFA member association and consequently three years must pass before a club can apply again for a UEFA licence. In other words, the three-year rule is designed basically to avoid circumvention of the club licensing system.

Finally, FC Timişoara were not granted a licence by the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) based on the non-fulfilment of the licensing criteria and therefore could not participate in the UEFA club competitions in the 2011/12 season.

© 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.

Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
Not sure if anyone has seen this or commented upon it.

Blue Pitch Holdings and Margarita Trust are connected to the Abela family from Lebanon via the Barbel C Abela Trust (Abela Jnr’s mum) and family lawyer Mazen Houssami. The main reason they want to keep their involvement secret is a certain conviction for fraudulent bankruptcy involving a catering firm in Italy. The fact that Rangers officials are scared to even mention the name Abela speaks volumes. The millions of pounds that have evaporated from the club are the “legacy issues” that the current Chief Executive speaks of. Is it not time that the board at Ibrox began to tell the full truth about what has gone on here?

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“In considering the request, the Board of the Scottish FA has sought and received specialist independent legal advice, both in Scotland and South Africa”

Was it LNS they asked for legal advice?

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Self certified yet in contradiction to Article 10.2 (j) of the SFA articles? We have a meeting on Friday to confirm that we are one of 3 clubs who will submit a complaint to the SFA. The grounds of the complaint are based upon his directorship of the BoD of RFC from 2007 onwards when that Club used tax evasion measures which brought Scottish football into serious disrepute and ultimately led to the liquidiation of a very prominent member of the SFA. As a Director, he would be party to and complicit in the tax evasion. He did not take any actions to stop or inform authorities of the act.

Raith and Alloa will make the complaint formally next week. Our biggies tell us that more will be co-signatories. It was funny……a rabid Rangers bigot predicted it would be Celtic, Dundee united & Hibs the three instigators! More his sad way of thinking than reality!!!

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just seen this on twitter. If true does that mean they still have to pay the two hotels some money?

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Understand that the custom and practice of City law means that meetings at Millennium Gloucester and Grange Tower Bridge hotels will…

.still have to be called. They will immediately by adjourned. The custom of it means there has to be time to physically travel from…

…one venue to the other before the next meeting can be opened, which is why the MG meeting was 10am and GTB was at noon. Also why…
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