Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?

By

I feel that we have a duty to spead the …

Comment on Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show? by beatipacificiscotia.

I feel that we have a duty to spead the word of the FTTT result and how it relates to Rangers FC and the teams they played in the period 2001 to 2010. I stole some selected quotes from this site (thank you for taking the time to do this and hats off for picking out those juicy details) and will embark on a mission to inform the European footbal community. I have started with Famagusta and a letter to the Famagusta Gazette, and English-speaking publication. I have also included the Cyprus FA, a number of contacts at Anorthosis Famagusta FC, and also the SFA and SPL. If I get any response I will put it on here (if it is appropriate to do so). My letter is as follows:
_________________________

Hi Famagusta Gazette

You may be aware, Rangers FC (a Football Team from Scotland) have been subject to investigation relating to tax avoidance / evasion. They have also been accused by the SPL / SFA, our football authorities in Scotland, of fielding improperly registered players in the period 2001 to 2010. This relates to money paid for football activities to players, such as appearance money and bonuses, through a tax-free Trust. These payments were not registered with the football authorities as part of their contract. UEFA and SFA / SPL rules state that all players income relating to playing activities should be recorded in the contract that is lodged with the football authorities. Rangers did not declare all of the players income, deliberately so. There is lots of information available on this on the internet, and I am happy to point to sources of information if this is helpful.

The reason I write to you today is Rangers FC defeated Famagusta in August 2005 to deny then access to the Champions League group stages. This would have meant TV and other incomes in the region of 10-15million Euros. Rangers players were paid bonuses for qualifying for this stage of the competition. These bonuses were never declared to the football authorities and were paid through the tax-free Trust.

The parent company of Rangers FC were recently involved in a Tax investigation and the full results and report of this are attached. There are very interesting details about how Rangers were run by this company, particularly with regards to their contractual and tax activities. Typically, around 50% of players salaries would be paid through the Trust with additional payments for appearances and bonuses. These payments were never recorded on the player’s contract but were detailed on what were called “side letters”. The “side letters” were never sent to the football authorities. I include a couple of details from the report below for your interest:

“Side-letters, of course, had not been registered with the football authorities, the SFA and SPL. The spirit of their rules was that the whole contract terms should be registered. Suspiciously, no evidence was led as to who decided that the benefits in terms of the side-letters should not be registered. Non-registration of side-letters was incompatible with both authorities’ policing and disciplinary powers. For example any fines imposed on players would customarily reflect the disclosed wage. Nondisclosure would thwart the authorities’ powers.”

“Rangers could have sought a ruling from the SFA or SPL about disclosure of side-letters but, clearly, they had chosen not to do so. There was a conscious decision to conceal their existence, and that extended even to the Club’s auditors.”

The whole document makes very interesting reading. Whilst it fall largely in favour of the parent company in tax terms, the evidence given of how the scheme was used at Rangers FC and how details were hidden from the football authorities is damning. The example of Famagusta is mentioned in the report, primarily because the use of Trusts to pay players was so clear and related specifically to winning that match. Many other European teams were also cheated in the period 2001 to 2010. Famagusta were clearly cheated out of millions of Euros and the opportunity to play in Europe’s premier football tournament. The SPL have an ongoing investigation into the contracts and “side letters” and this is likely to complete next month.

Please do with this information what you think appropriate. I hope you find this informative and useful. I will be contacting many other people about his but hope you will be able to act of this. Please let me know if you have any questions.

____________________

I have also sent a note to Stewart Regan and Neil Doncaster informing them that I indend to write to every European Club, their national associations, and local press, relating to matches played in 2001 to 2010. Will it make any difference? I don’t know, but you have to try. Europe will have the last say in this.

beatipacificiscotia Also Commented

Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
Here’s a thought, maybe only a limited number of people have the details of the admitted cases. To reveal the details would reveal the source of this and other leaks?

Failing that, I can only assume it is fantasy.


Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
campsiejoe says:
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 19:11

Yes, nail on the head. I was trying to explain it all to the Mrs and that was the very thing she volunteered from what she had learned, Murray International are the only ones that that got off with it. David Murray and his cronies delayed the tax tribunal for as long as it took to get rid of the club.


Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
BRTH, what an excellent piece. There is reference again to 35 cases either accepted or found guilty, but again no reference to where that came from and what sort of money we are talking about. I am personally very cautious about saying too much about it until I have seen this information.


Recent Comments by beatipacificiscotia

THAT Debate, and the Beauty of Hindsight
Precisely!  Why the differences?  There is no consistency in which clubs are rejected.  Assuming both are real, what are the implications?


THAT Debate, and the Beauty of Hindsight
http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/resources/documents/ClubLicensing/2017/230317CL%20current%20status.pdf

Has anyone seen this?


The Offline Game
TRISIDIUMMAY 21, 2016 at 22:54
EDIT/UPDATE:The video clip which shows the moron pushing the Rangers goalkeeper is outrageous. I can only imagine how scared that young man must have been, isolated as he was at that moment. I was scared for him just watching it and I have to say that I can understand Rangers’ immediate reaction on the basis of that incident alone. I hope they get hold of that arse.
=============================

100% agree.  A Hibs supporting family member suggested he probably gets worse defending a corner, but that completely misses the point.  Being surrounded by professional footballers, in a controlled environment, is nothing like being surrounded by over-zealous football fans.  You have no idea what is going to happen next.  I thought the big chap did very well to keep his cool.  I hope the idiot involved is found and prosecuted.  It is common assault, no excuses.


The Offline Game
RYANGOSLINGMAY 21, 2016 at 17:58

Beatipacificiscotia,
Hibs fans run on the pitch and attack Rangers players and staff and it is excusable, yet Rangers fans are the bad boys for singing a song? Don’t get me wrong, me and my mates were pretty horrified to see the reaction of the Rangers fans, but get a grip of yourself, you can’t just say Hibs fans were fine but Rangers were the baddies. Attacking the players and staff is not on, and according to the media reports I’ve read thus far Rangers fans only responded when the Hibs fans ran to the Rangers end.
=====================================

I think every sane person is on the same page as this, but whataboutery is in overdrive at the moment.  I don’t know if has been mentioned, the very corner that the Hibs players celebrated the winning goal with fans is where the pitch invasion started.  This, for me, is where it all began.  There are rules about leaving the field of play to celebrate, and you can now see why.  All that said, you can’t blame the players either for how they acted in the moment.  Stewards should have stopped players approaching and celebrating with fans.  Emotions were at boiling point and there were only moments between the final goal and full time.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but maybe police should have got some extra cover down to that corner immediately after the goal and celebrations.  There was 2 full minutes for someone to make a decision and deploy the extra cover.

I want to mention one very important element in this story.  The goading of Hibs players and fans has been well documented – “Hibs’d it”.  This originated on Rangers forums and has been perpetuated in the media.  The Hibs players and fans went from disaster to triumph and that single moment of joy overcame them.  I’m a Celtic fan, but from a Hibs family so I know what it means to them.  My old Dad and nephews are all East Road season ticket holders.  They were at the game (not on the pitch, I may add).  Rangers fans, aided by the media, created and perpetuated such a disrespectful term.  Hibs players responded in the best possible way.  Sadly, Hibs fans didn’t.  The fighting that came next is not excusable in any way – a very small number of fans from each side should be ashamed of themselves.  That said, to approach the Rangers fans for a GIRUY is maybe understandable (but not excusable) in the face of weeks of very public goading.  

For the avoidance of doubt, most Hibs fans stayed where they should have in the stands.  I thought the rendition of “Sunshine on Leith” was a beautiful and proud moment.  Most Rangers fans left the stadium quietly at the end of the match.  Both sets of fans had an element that let their club down.  Both sets of fans were let down by the security measures put in place by the SFA and Police Scotland.

To answer your point, Ryan, Hibs fans in no way encouraged Rangers fans to sing songs about wading in the blood of Catholics.  Pitch invasions and pyrotechnics can happen anywhere (and frequently do).  The disgusting bigotry displayed by Rangers fans is something that, sadly, will likely be overlooked by authorities in this mess.

“Sunshine on Leith” on one side and “Billy Boys” on the other, says it all for me.


The Offline Game
Great win for Hibs, deserved winners of the game.  Interesting stat that Stokes had more attempts on goal than the entire Rangers team.  Says it all.

The match day was spoiled by two things – Hibs fans invading the pitch, promptly followed by the expected rendition of Billy Boys from the Rangers fans.  You can almost excuse the Hibs fans, so much disappointment then finally triumph.  The moment obviously got the better of them.  What can you say about Rangers fans?


About the author