Why We Need to Change


I have just opened this morning’s email from the new …

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I have just opened this morning’s email from the new look Herald, setting out their Sports headlines for today.

There were 10 items, of which-

2 articles on last night’s game in Iceland
1 article on Hears signing Branco
1 article on Scotland’s chances of Euro qualification
1 article about field hockey- I think
5. yes, that’s right 5- articles about the mighty Gers

Did I get this wrong, or are 2 Scottish teams playing important games in a European competition tonight?

The Herald claims to be a national newspaper, but in sports terms it has become yet another Ibrox fanzine. An absolute disgrace, and a complete insult to two teams representing Scotland on the European stage. Meanwhile a second tier team on financial life support is bigged up at every opportunity, presumably to reassure their fans that they still support the most important club in Scotland.

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John Clark says:
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August 18, 2015 at 10:18 am

But Stewart denying an absolute truth is very different from a Stewart offering a ‘difference of opinion’!


All the more reason to give him a platform to make a complete fool of himself. But I gather he’s not a complete fool, so he’ll most likely just say that he used the word “relegation” as a shorthand for what actually happened. Or maybe he attaches a meaning to the word that is wider than the technical football rulebook meaning? The word is used in other contexts, and dictionary definition is very wide. Of course that will then lead directly to the old club/new club debate. His view on that probably differs from the majority view on here. If so, let’s get it out there, and fully discussed. I really don’t see the problem with that.

Why We Need to Change
I don’t know much about Michael Stewart, but if he really believes that “Rangers” were relegated 3 divisions, then maybe it would be best to have him on SFM Radio and have his views subjected to a reasoned debate. I think that would make for interesting listening, personally.

I don’t think that we will gain much traction in the wider world by simply refusing to discuss such a fundamental issue with “non-believers”. By debating the matter fully in the public arena, we might actually change some minds. We will never change anything by confining ourselves to talking with people who already agree with us.

Why We Need to Change

Here’s an essay competition from Ladbrokes, with a prize that might interest some of you- rub shoulders in the Press Box with Keith “Radar” Jackson for the whole season! Seriously, though, I’m sure it could give the winner a great insight into how football journalism really works- and maybe an entry into paid journalism?

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
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The Vice Closes
It seems that Broadfoot’s amateur hour PR ploy of leaking a 5 year old confidential letter from Celtic to the SFA has spectacularly backfired. Now it’s all out in the open- and having first broken confidence themselves, the SFA cannot complain about that.
Celtic’s 5 year restraint, in keeping their dealings with the SFA confidential, cost them a lot, not just my season ticket money, but  doubtless the money of a few others besides, plus, and more importantly, the erosion by many others of their faith in the club they have loved all their lives.
Now Regan is staring at the abyss. As I posted yesterday, even the leaking of Celtic’s 2012 letter would, in itself, finish him in any normal association. Can he now do anything other than resign? He faces pressure from the SPFL for an enquiry. He faces a Judicial Review which could extend to all shenanigans going back 10 years and more.
Even his own Compliance Officer, who I assume is a solicitor with something to lose professionally, will shortly be opening a few rusty old filing cabinets in Ogilvie’s old room. I was going to say look under the carpet, but that really is a stretch for an internal enquiry.
On a personal level, I can now resume my relationship with CFC, happy in the knowledge that my club were not ignoring the corruption, but challenging it in a professional manner. That feels very good indeed, believe me.

The Vice Closes
If it is correct that Celtic’s 5 year old letter to the SFA was leaked to The Times by the SFA’s former employee and current PR guru, Mr Broadfoot, presumably as the opening shot in a “divide and rule” campaign, then the SFA have some serious questions to answer.
Is that how a competent governing body treats one of its members? A leak of private correspondence? Really? Celtic should kick up such a stooshie about this leak that the instigator (and you can be sure that Broadfoot is only carrying out instructions) is identified and booted out of Scottish football.
There are clearly individuals within the SFA who think that they can act as they like with total impunity. They have learned nothing from the Farry episode. It’s time they were taught a lesson once and for all.  

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
DarkbeforedawnJuly 9, 2017 at 15:55  
The Rangers Tax Case was seen as a test study into EBTs in football, and many media outlets think this is the tip of the iceberg, particularly in England. Surely the SFA should consult with their cross border counterparts on what actions may be taken? Arsenal have already settled an EBT case for their title winning year, so if we are applying the logic Rangers should have titles stripped because they were using illegal means of paying their players, surely Arsenals league titled should be taken away? And what if a number of other big fish in England are found guilty?
All English clubs involved either already have, or very soon will, reach settlements with HMRC. Nobody is going to court, because they aren’t stupid enough or arrogant enough to assume that they can win in the face of the facts, just because of who they are.
It was open to Rangers to correct matters by being open and honest with HMRC, and paying up, but firstly they didn’t see why they should, and secondly, they had no way of paying.
The fact that Rangers evaded more tax than they could subsequently repay just highlights the industrial scale of what went on at that club.
If the English clubs involved  took it a step further, as Rangers did, and concealed EBT payments from the FA, or had undisclosed side letters as part of players’ contracts, then of course the FA should take action.
The footballing offence is not tax evasion as such, but false reporting to the SFA of payments to players, and failure to lodge correct player contract details with the SFA.
What the SC judgement blows away totally is the “no sporting advantage” reasoning of LNS. Other clubs could not save on PAYE by using the EBT payment method. That is now an established fact.  
I’m pretty sure that industrial scale tax evasion could, in fact probably should, also lead to footballing charges along the lines of “bringing the game into disrepute”, but it will be snowing hard in hell the day that the SFA take that line with any club playing out of Ibrox.

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