The sense of fear on the sixth floor of Hampden is palpable. Instructing solicitors , senior counsel and senior junior counsel have been retained. I would envisage two objectives for our learned friends:
1. A review of the LNS commission
1.2 Evidence led.
1.3 Rationale for conclusions and recommendations.
2. The provision of legislative levers to effect change and address shortcomings in current regulations.
Let’s be quite clear and unequivocal on the role of Neil Doncaster in the cover up of the systemic cheating of a member club. His recent performances on television have been contradictory. In defending the inertia of the SPFL he asserted that there was no provision in current or previous SPL/SPFL regulations to deal with tax evasion.
The SFA have an audit committee which reviews all the remuneration packages of employees and directors of member clubs. Rangers did not disclose the unlawful EBT arrangements nor the side contracts. They also lied to HMRC about the existence of side contracts.
If there was nothing to hide why not reveal their ‘legitimate‘ tax avoidance regimen? The reason that they chose to lie was that the side letters invalidated the EBT tax efficiency and crossed the line into tax evasion. As Hugh Adam stated they knew they were cheating but pushed on regardless; all the way to accruing 17 tainted titles.
I exclusively revealed on our site the correspondence apropos the decision by the SPL not to appeal the findings of the LNS commission. In this correspondence we discovered that no evidence was led to LNS’ team on Rangers use of EBT. The scope had been limited to registration irregularities. The rules state that every game played by Rangers with illegally registered players – with no disclosure being made on the actual remuneration arrangements in their contracts – should result in a 0-3 reverse. All games played from season 1999/2000 to 2010/2011 inclusive should have had this regulation applied. Rangers would have been relegated in 2000. The SFA’s sandy Bryson led evidence to the LNS commission panel, which incredibly included his Chief Executive, that the players were ‘imperfectly registered but eligible.’
The fix was in. We knew it then and now with the weight of the Inner House ruling and The Supreme Court upholding their ruling, the assertions by LNS that Rangers use of EBT was legitimate, and conferred no competitive advantage, are unsound.
My exclusive revelations exposes Doncaster’s lie, made yesterday, that LNS considered EBT. How could LNS come to any conclusions on EBT when no evidence was led by Harper Macleod?
One can but conclude that Stewart Regan added a few words to give the impression of due consideration.
The penalties that are available to the SFA for breaches of registration regulations include having one’s licence revoked. The fine of a mere £250,000 for eleven seasons of systemic cheating is unconscionable.
Which leads us to Doncaster’s next lie. If we had come down in the last shower we would believe that the new board of the SPFL effected measures in their first meeting to create the regulations that would penalise the non collection of social taxes. Where are these regulations Mr. Doncaster? Are you as I suspect lying through your back teeth again?
If David Murray chose to acquire Hearts and do it all over again there is nothing the SPFL could do to stop him.
We then had to endure the advice of senior counsel which was used as fig leaf to hide their exposure. One could instruct senior counsel to assert that the moon was made of cheese. At £800 per hour plus VAT he would create a cogent argument and cite an episode of The Klangers as his case precedent.
The judicial review might not strip titles but should it strip Doncaster and Regan from office we will be forever indebted to those who stood up for sporting integrity.