Gerry Moynihan QC, for the SPFL, has concluded that systemic tax evasion is not within their purview. The SPFL apparently cannot penalise the former club because there was and is nothing in their statute books to address the systemic subversion of Scottish football. So why not just do it again? The SPFL will just look the other way.
How convenient for them. We anticipated that they would be slippery and they did not disappoint us.
Let’s summarise this in industrial language:
“We are so fucking incompetent that we cannot punish a crime that occurs right under our fucking noses.”
This is so shameful it should come wearing a mask.
But here’s the kicker:
“Why not knock yourselves out investigating how we do things at Hampden. One should focus one’s energies on this squirrel and let the window for a judicial review elapse.”
As I predicted this legal advice was pre-prepared. There was no need for a 48 hour delay. Was this just a mechanism to allow these worthless jobsworths to slink into their cars without challenge?
At this point I question whether there is any need for a Professional League Oversight Committee that has no teeth. The discredited LNS commission only had the authority to address registration irregularities. Surprisingly they came to the conclusion that the concealment of side contracts, on 55 occasions, were honest mistakes. There was apparently no dishonesty if one ignored the lies told to HMRC? I roll my eyes in despair.
Prior to a judicial review or an appeal by Celtic to The Court For Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, the instructions given to Moynihan should be carefully examined.
The title of the document is a misnomer.
Rangers have never been penalised for their intricate take on cash bungs, so how Moynihan can assert that there will be no ‘additional’ punishments leads one to conclude that he has not been briefed properly. Has he been misled by the supercilious Topping? Is this Topping’s Ratner moment?
Moynihan asserts that there were and are no mechanisms within the SPFL statutes to address Rangers’ tax evasion. Rather than discuss competitive advantage Moynihan focuses on reputational damage and concludes that yet again the SPFL cannot act.
Would Ann Budge like to comment on the 48 hour charade that she and others engaged in, given that Moynihan’s position had been pre-prepared and presented to her at Hampden. It smacks of obfuscation. Would she also like to comment as to the Hearts fans who will welcome this whitewash? Her re-election to the SPFL board was a fundamental error. Enduring someone as compromised as Budge for another year is too onerous to bear.
Boycotts of the League Cup, Scottish Cup, Tynecastle and Pittodrie should ensue.
This is just one battle. The civil war that will follow is yet to be fought. Scottish football is not underpinned by the lucrative broadcasting contracts in the English Premiership. It is funded by the fans.
The SPFL have abnegated on their responsibility to govern and to advocate fair play. They cannot be trusted and in time will be irrelevant.
A judicial review is imminent.