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HIGHLANDERMAY 12, 2016 at 08:07… There is a clear desire by …

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HIGHLANDERMAY 12, 2016 at 08:07…
There is a clear desire by UEFA to exclude from its competitions those clubs who have outstanding social taxes .
Only managed to skim last couple of days posts, so apologies if referred to already.

I presume the rule about outstanding social taxes has been in force for several / many years ?
Viewed from another angle…
The whole professional football industry – e.g. including transfer dealings / agents fees / managers favouring specific agents / EBT’s etc. – has always been regarded as being a ‘bit shady’, as – perhaps – an unfair generalisation.

There is ever more cash swirling around football: involving TV companies, sponsors, oligarchs, massive players’ salaries, etc.

But there is not a great deal of governmental oversight, [well, as far as I am aware anyway].
This I believe is where the governing bodies – the national FA / UEFA / FIFA – are supposed to add value, by being mostly self-regulating and providing appropriate and adequate oversight of member clubs. [In theory ?]

However, if some of their clubs are frequently dodging paying social taxes, then one would reasonably assume that at some point the relevant national government would have no option but to step in and take a much closer look at football clubs – and maybe impose tough, new external regulations ? 

Enforcing prompt payment of social taxes by clubs might not be motivated by any Corporate Social Responsibility ideals – but it could be more of a self-preserving necessity for the governing bodies – which our own, inept SFA seems to have neglected.  


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CHARLIE_KELLYJUNE 8, 2016 at 17:32 … The SFA are actually aliens who helped fake the moon landings or something…
I think there is a consensus that any alien life forms found on planet Earth would be of a significantly more advanced level of evolution and intelligence.

…which most definitely rules out anyone on the 6th floor at Hampden.

Mibbees the blazers are not “alien”, but they’re definitely estranged… 09


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I read about the lines for buying ST’s at Parkhead.
Don’t know how reliable this Twitter account is, but it’s quoting 50K+ ST’s expected to be sold.

If that is correct, then the gamble to push the boat out for a decent manager has already paid off for CFC ?

But will PL interpret this increased interest as validation that the game is ‘moving on’ – and further rocking of the boat in Scottish football is not necessary – well, from his perspective anyway ?

And PL’s financial/management reporting should keep Desmond satisfied / detached ?

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Just watched the 81 seconds clip of Regan re: Res.12 advert etc.
I watched it muted, to observe his body language.

Regan looked tense, [IMO], lots of blinking, a bit of shifting about in his seat…but unfortunately the eagerly awaited ‘scratching of the nose’ didn’t happen: must have had his hands clasped together, just in case.

And he seems to have lost a fair bit of hair on his napper since his appointment !

At least the adverts have pushed the SFA to make some sort of public response – even if the Scottish football fans are not at all convinced with the SFA’s version of the ‘truth’.

Well done again to the Requisitioners: they’ve proved to the the SMSM that they’re not just your average Internet Bampots ! 

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Cluster One 22nd December 2020 at 23:01

SPFL toast new sponsor as Glen’s Vodka backs Scottish football until 2023 SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster hailed the partnership…


I see there is some mild criticism reported in the SMSM, but Doncaster, IMO, is confirming he is tone deaf with his comments.

The game has been screaming out for Gov't. – i.e. taxpayers' – financial support due to covid, yet it continues to simply blank the opinions of its customer base / taxpayers.

I'd guess the majority (?) of fans are uncomfortable with the national team – and our clubs – being strongly associated with booze, gambling, fast food, junk food, etc.



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Extract from the BBC:

shirley, Blatter wasn't planning on a return to football next year…?!


"Fifa has lodged a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of a museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

The complaint relates to the involvement of Blatter and other former officials in the Fifa museum project.

It is the latest allegation of financial impropriety against Blatter, who resigned from his post as president in 2015 amid a corruption scandal.

The 84-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.

Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from all forms of football."



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Jingso.Jimsie 22nd December 2020 at 11:28

It was a terrible advert for Scottish football: a poor game which lacked any consistency of quality play from either team, poorly refereed…


I suppose 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder', but I thought it was a great advert for Scottish football – especially for the neutrals.

Totally agree that technically, the footy on show wasn't the best – and neither was the match officiating.

But: 6 goals, a bit of argy bargy, controversial refereeing, individual mistakes, suspect goalkeeping – plus the drama of a penalty shoot out to make history, or not.

Too many times I have watched the technically gifted EPL 'big games' where the footy on offer was high quality… but boring as hell.

At least the Scottish Cup Final wasn't a typical, dour and overly defensive 1-0 game?


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As this is the Scottish Football Monitor,

well done to the Buddies for their epic, totally unexpected Cup win last night.

Likewise, it's good for the game that Ross County also progressed in the cup with their own big win.

At least one piece of silverware will be leaving Glasgow this season – which is no bad thing at all, IMO.

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J.J agreed: and who knows the full impact of covid on transfer fees – and the duration of any depressed transfer market.

I didn't read the full RIFC Annual Report or the full AGM notes, so may have missed it, but;

It makes sense for Robertson to state that a couple of players need selling each year: seems to have worked OK for CFC in recent years.

But, for a cash strapped club in the middle of a pandemic with few, young sellable stars in the squad – you'd think Robertson would be shouting loud about cost cutting…

except TRFC is desperate to stop 10IAR.

TRFC should be focused on short-term cost-cutting measures to counter the immediate Going Concern risks.

To state the bleedin' obvious.  indecision

Choosing to focus on winning the SPL title rather than focusing on survival is RIFC's choice to make.

…as our incompetent SFA blazers look on gormlessly… again.

If Robertson had an improved governance body as he claims to want, then the SFA would be asking searching questions of TRFC long before now.


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