Thursday, 15 January 2015

Regan knows sweet FA, ask Neil

Two weeks ago Neil Doncaster publicly proclaimed (and finally admitted) that Rangers are the same Club as they have always been. He said, and I quote:

“In terms of the question about old club, new club, that was settled very much by the Lord Nimmo Smith commission that was put together by the SPL to look at EBT payments at that time.

The decision, very clearly from the commission, was that the club is the same, the club continues, albeit it is owned by a new company but the club is the same.

The member club is the entity that participates in our league and we have 42 member clubs.”

In other words, the law decided Rangers are the same Club. A court of law, independently compiled as a full commission by the SPL deploying the wisdom of highly respected peer Lord Nimmo Smith came to the conclusion, as stated categorically by the boss of the club game in Scotland, that Rangers FC are exactly the same Club as they were pre-administration.

Naturally Doncaster failed miserably to address the question of 2011’s SPL prize money which was never actually given to the Club, a cool £2.4M which is the sizeable amount the SPL awards the side finishing first in Scotland’s top flight.

But, his concession we are the same Club, as confirmed by FIFA, UEFA, various independent tribunals and basically everyone in the game outwith Scotland is certainly a very good sign of progress.

Unfortunately, the governing body of the game in this country, the Scottish Football Association appears to know SFA about the law, and does not care either. Yesterday’s ruling that the SPFL fine handed to Rangers in 2012 relating to an alleged violation of the country’s tax laws within the sport by the Club, a sum of £250,000, would stand, and that Rangers’ appeal against it had failed, was yet another damning indictment of the fundamental corruption of the game in Scotland.

In simple terms, despite Regan’s good friend Doncaster completely contradicting the ‘new club’ argument, the fine Doncaster's association handed Rangers, illegally, given Rangers were found not to have broken any laws relating to EBT schemes, was to remain. So, in literal terms, despite Doncaster now admitting Rangers are the same Club, the fine his authority gave us in 2012 has been inexplicably upheld by the SFA.

Rangers’ only option remaining is to take it to the CAS.

The absurd hypocrisy and brass neck of the sport north of the border has gone beyond a comical parody of itself, and is now downright malevolent.

Never mind what the law says, never mind what our own governing bodies (UEFA & FIFA) decree, we, SFA, the authority in this country, will quite bluntly do what we like.

Regan’s men appear accountable to no one, and literally make this stuff up as they go along. They have blatantly broken the law by upholding a fine given for an act which was not illegal, and for actions which led to Rangers’ demotion despite the Govan men doing absolutely nothing illegal, and doing nothing wrong except being the biggest victims of corporate fraud Scotland has ever seen.

Do not forget the outrageous blackmail which saw the Club robbed of its TV rights in 2012, in order to be given SFA membership.

“And both leagues have reached agreement on the SPL securing the broadcasting rights to Rangers' Third Division games in order to safeguard their television deals.” (Daily Mail 27/07/12)

The amount of cash Rangers lost through having to give up those TV rights must be into the many hundreds of thousands if not millions.

So it is clear SFA have incalculable previous for this kind of malevolency. And here we are again, our right to £250,000 being taken away because the SFA ‘feel like it’.

It is also worth remembering the SPFL also have previous for confirming Rangers are not a new Club by awarding the Ibrox side the full fee for Charlie Telfer, confirming his many years of development at Auchenhowie as opposed to only a couple.

It just seems the SFA refuse to accede to this.

The sooner a higher authority like CAS brings them to task and exposes its illegal punishment of the Club the better.
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