Prior to the main thrust of this piece I digress to put some flesh on the bones of a comment I made yesterday. The information I received was that a referee with a history of ‘honest mistakes’ that favoured Rangers was given an EBT for being the match official for behind closed door games. The Gold Standard on EBT, the Rangers Tax Case blogger, has stated categorically that this information is inaccurate. However he did accede to the recipient of one sub trust being unknown. Would it surprise anyone if Hugh Dallas, for example, received an extracurricular EBT for officiating at these bounce games?
Dallas was a bigot’s bigot. As far as he was concerned ninety minutes of bigotry was for wimps. His bigotry was bold and fierce. He was the kind of bigot who would not only run with the bulls at Pamplona but also taunt the pursuing pack with WATP and ‘No Pope of Rome’ epithets. A true blue Real Rangers Man of the first ordure. He joins the Pantheon of referees who have done their upmost to subvert Old Firm games in favour of Rangers. He thought nothing of reducing Celtic to nine men to ensure a win for his Ibrox heroes.
Dallas was in his skewed pomp when the illegal DOS/VSS helped propel Rangers to the title on 3rd May, 1999, at Celtic Park. Dallas sent off two CFC players and for good measure awarded a penalty when Vidmar displayed the kind of theatrical bent that would not have been out of place in a production of Swan Lake. Dallas had just been hit by a missile and having been patched up by the CFC doctor he then awarded a penalty, out of pure spite, within seconds. Albertz converted. EBT recipient Neil McCann scored the other two goals for Rangers.
Dallas was eventually sacked for distributing a cartoon that implied that The Pope was a paedophile. He certainly displayed all ‘The Hun’ traits that we have come to know and love. Would an EBT earner behind closed doors not have been right down his street? Would Sir Bribe & Lie, who had just borrowed and spent £30m on building a new team to buy success, have tried it on? Murray had money burning a hole in his pocket as his tax affairs were as bent as Dallas.
So should Rangers be punished for the biggest scandal in British sport. Yes they should. Should David Murray, Paul Murray, Alistair Johnston and Dave King, not forgetting Andrew Dickson, Ali Russel and the Incorrigible Campbell Ogilvie, be banned sine die from any involvement in Scottish football. Yes they should. But having a former President of the SFA banned would not sit well at Hampden.
I have been liaising with a Resolution 12 Requisitioner who agrees with my thesis that UEFA may have provided the SFA and SPFL with a ‘get out of jail free card.’ Have a look at the following letter sent by UEFA’s Head of Compliance and Financial Fair Play. Mr Traverso’s letter was copied to the SFA.
What Mr Traverso’s unequivocally states is that a new club/company, The Rangers Football Club Ltd, were ineligible to participate in UEFA tournaments for three seasons. There was no point in punishing the old club that is currently being liquidated.
UEFA’s position, like that of The Supreme Court, is incontrovertible. There have been many court cases where it has been clearly stated that Rangers no longer exist, but this basic fact is not good box office and has been ignored.
So rather than punish a liquidated club, the SFA/SPFL could point to UEFA’s precedent and state unequivocally what we all know to be true: TRFCL are a new club with no honours except a lower tier challenge cup.
This will not sit easily on Neil Doncater’s shoulders. He has gone on record to defy logic and the law to assert that Rangers are the same club. He has conferred titles won by the former club to the new club. He has engaged in a shoddy enterprise to convince Rangers fans to pay their dues to watch satellite television and feather his broadcasting contracts’ nest.
Doncaster should be dismissed for his grubby artifice. Lying in the face of the facts to pursue a commercial imperative is unconscionable. If the grubby compromise holds sway, Doncaster will be the first domino to fall. He should be followed by Regan and the band of thieving cheats at Rangers then, and TRFCL now.