Comment on The Case for a New SFA. by Big Pink.
Yes I noticed that. Strangely though, despite the liquidation of the entity to which they refer, they subsequently talk about the “club” being purchased when they describe the charges relating to the alleged disposal of the assets for less than the market rate.
I haven’t seen the precise details of the charges, but I am willing to bet that the “club” is not the wording used in relation to those (latter) charges.
I would guess that a defence advocate could run a battalion of tanks through any such imprecise and erroneous wording in the charges relating to the exact nature of the entity which is the subject of any alleged fraud.
I’m betting no such wording will exist anywhere.
For the record, I can well understand why reporting restrictions are in place. Social media is still unregulated and with its ever-widening reach, any irresponsible coverage would pose a danger to both sides.
This may be an indication that Lord Hodge reckons the vanilla contempt arrangements in place hitherto have been insufficient.
I am sure that much of what arises from this trial (if it goes ahead) will serve to disinfect the misreporting and often blatant untruths perpetrated on the football world by the media and succession of PR agencies.
I am also convinced that the major casualties of any such disinfecting agents will be the football authorities – regardless of the outcomes of the cases.
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It was particularly humbling to see some people had travelled a long way with an overnight stay.
The passion in the room was very tangible and I hope you all enjoyed the experience as much as I did.
Thanks too to Jim Craig for his time and for imparting some wisdom and some cheery anecdotes from a very different Scottish football era.
I think that the evening was a success, and gives me cause to think we should do it again.
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Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?
If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.
Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.
They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.
The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.
So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”
John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!
I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.
Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.
Burns is an outlier at 106 years.
Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.
Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed!
Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu
However I will try to do so over the weekend.
Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.
In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.
I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.
Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.
Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.