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Celtic’s statement is 83 words long. It is relatively neutral in …

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Celtic’s statement is 83 words long.
It is relatively neutral in tone – with the exception of the term “sporting integrity” which has in recent times come to acquire connotations in the context of Scottish football with which it had not previously been imbued.
It reads like the sort of holding statement that an organisation feels obliged to make in relation to a major issue in its field and around which their is a clamour that it cannot or should not ignore.  (SFA/SPFL take note – we know you are watching!)
Meanwhile in the SMSM the BBC headlines its website coverage:  Celtic Respond to Rangers EBT Ruling; the Evening Times goes with:  Celtic Break Silence on Rangers Tax Ruling; STV has:  Celtic:  SPFL must uphold ‘sporting integrity’ after Rangers EBT Ruling; and the good old Daily Record states:  Celtic hit back at Rangers’ Dave King: We’re STILL surprised Lord Nimmo Smith ruled EBTs gave no sporting advantage.
I invite you to draw your own conclusions…  unless, of course, you are a fellow member of the “Apostrophe Police” and wish to congratulate the last named publication for writing Rangers’.

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Whose assets are they anyway?
Long time lurker since RTC days.
As with others, just registered in view of recent developments and first time poster.
Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away…
Statement from “the Rangers Football Club”:
“The club notes the intention of the SPFL, in light of last week’s Court of Session ruling in the appeal by HMRC concerning the use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs), to request that the SFA, as the body responsible for appeals against the findings of the original enquiry, conduct a full review of the findings of Lord Nimmo Smith’s investigation into the implications for registration and eligibility of players who were beneficiaries of EBTs as soon as possible.
We are entirely supportive of this decision and will co-operate fully with the review and, any right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport notwithstanding, we will accept its findings.
Scottish Football has suffered enough over recent years and it is time to move on.  For that to be possible, there is a need for greater understanding of what has transpired and for lessons to be learned for the good of the game.
For that reason, we have written to the Sports Minister, requesting the establishment of an Independent Enquiry into the administration of our national sport.  We have also written to the boards of all other senior clubs in Scotland asking for their support in this.
Football is nothing without fans.  For that reason, we have expressed a strong preference that, as far as possible, the work of the Independent Enquiry be conducted in public.
We believe that this sort of openness is necessary if we are to attract the levels of investment that football in Scotland requires if it is once again to prosper.”
Meanwhile, back on planet earth, we have inaction from the SPFL when faced with the CoS decision, and statements of the sort allegedly penned by a short-lived former director issued on behalf of the Ibrox club…
I hope that the CoS decision will prove to be a game-changer.
I believe that SFM could have a key role to play in trying to ensure that it is.
However little I can do in support of that, count me in!

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John Clark Meets “The SFA”
On the afternoon of Saturday 30 January 2016, I nearly crashed the car.
I was driving the M8 and unadvisedly had Radio Scotland playing when they broadcast an interview with the SFA’s chief of Refereeing Operations, John Fleming.
To describe his defence of current refereeing standards as “bullish” would be a massive understatement.
He went out of his way to laud the improvement in refereeing in Scotland in recent years.
I understand the importance of standing up for colleagues, especially those for whom one might have supervisory responsibility, in difficult circumstances.  There are many ways of doing this that can be suitably bullish without becoming unsuitable bullsh*t:  “We accept there have been difficulties… it is a challenging situation/job… everyone is doing their best… we are committed to continuous improvement… we are working hard to address any previous short-comings… blah… blah… blah… etc.”
But if the view from the SFA’s man with oversight of these matters is a Panglossian “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds,” there is little hope for the actual improvements that we need in the standard of refereeing in this country.
This is not just about Willie Collum and his abysmal performance last night.  I watched the Dundee v St Johnstone game on Friday night and was taken aback at the systematic incompetence of Craig Thompson.  Most of the errors which littered his performance might not have been game changing in the way that last night’s penalty decisions could have been, although Saints did have a decent penalty shout which he missed.  Two examples (of the many possible) that fall into the “how could he have got that wrong?” category would be:  Darren O’Dea was knocked unconscious in an accidental collision towards the end of the first half, causing a stoppage of almost three minutes, there having previously been a goal and at least one other injury stoppage; ONE MINUTE of stoppage time added at the end of the half; Saints’ player flattened by Dundee defender, nothing given, leaving even Chris Sutton to comment “That’s a foul all day long.  I don’t know what game Craig Thompson is watching.”
At games I’ve attended or watched on TV in the last couple of years, I can think of astonishingly poor performances from John Beaton, Kevin Clancy, Bobby Madden and Alan Muir, to name but four.  And then, of course, there was last season’s Celtic v ICT cup semi-final refereed by Steven McLean… probably best not mentioned in view of the extent to which views were aired on SFM (and elsewhere) at the time.
This is my forty-fifth season regularly attending top flight football in Scotland.  I moaned about lots of decisions in the first forty of those seasons, mainly when they went against my team, but my perception of the last five years is that there has been a collapse in refereeing standards in Scotland and that they now stand at an all-time low.
John Fleming’s comments from last month take us back to what John Clark’s meeting with the SFA was all about and to some of the key objectives of this site.
The fact that Mr. Fleming could pontificate, almost unchallenged, as he did from the studios of our national broadcaster shows how much the SFA are out of touch with the feelings of ordinary fans and with the reality of the performances that we see from our referees:  simply not good enough; must do much better.
Do any of our regular readers or contributors really expect our footballing authorities to take that on board?
I for one will not be holding my breath.

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
STV reporting that five charges have been dropped against RFC’s administrators:


Two wrongs and a right
James Doleman is at Glasgow Sheriff Court and confirms that the proceedings began yesterday.

Two wrongs and a right
StevieBC 5th January 2016 at 4:51 pm
If this report is to be believed… might I respectfully suggest that Mr. Warburton has not treated his fellow manager with respect…

Two wrongs and a right
A Happy New Year to all in the SFM community.
James Doleman is at the High Court in Edinburgh.

No tweeting allowed from court but he does have the new indictment which is nearly twice as long as the previous version.

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