The SFA Board of Directors 2011
Chairman: George Peat ; Vice Chairman: Campbell Ogilvie; CEO Stewart Regan; Members: Alan McRae, Rod Petrie, Ralph Topping, Richard Shaw, Jim Ballantyne, John Gold, Tom Johnston and Sandy Stables.
The SFA Licensing Committee 2011
Chairman: Rod Petrie;Vice Chairman: Ewen Cameron; Members: Michael Johnston, Alan McIntosh, Andrew Dickson, Andrew Waddell and Lachlan Cameron
Rod Petrie was the chairman of the SFA Licensing Committee which arrived at the conclusion that Rangers’ application for a UEFA licence was bona fide. The literal translation of the Latin expression is ‘good faith.’
As has become evident there was nothing good or faithful about Andrew Dickson’s controversial role in this committee. A committee that had to backtrack on its decision that Rangers were compliant.
Stewart Regan in his capacity as CEO approved the decision to grant Rangers a UEFA licence.
There was no ‘registrations committee’ per se. Sandy Bryson reported to the following committee:
The SFA Professional Football Committee 2011
Chairman: George Peat; Vice Chairman: Campbell Ogilvie; Members: Alan McRae, Rod Petrie, Ralph Topping, Richard Shaw, Jim Ballantyne, John Gold, Tom Johnston and Sandy Stables.
Note how the corrupt Campbell Ogilvie (EBT £95,000) and Andrew Dickson (EBT £33,000) are both represented on the PFC. George Peat was on his way out. His successor was Campbell Ogilvie.
If one fast forwards a few months one finds that Ogilvie with his £95,000 of disguised remuneration is both President of the SFA and Chairman of the PFC.
The Licensing Committee reports to both the PFC and the SFA Board of Directors. Andrew Dickson reported to his chairman Rod Petrie in his capacity as Chairman of the Licensing Committee, member of the board and a member of the PFC. Petrie, who is now the Vice President of the SFA, has just published the following statement in his capacity as Chairman of Hibs:
“Hibernian supporters have contacted the Club directly, and via their two elected Non-Executive Directors, to enquire as to the Club’s position regarding Rangers, HMRC and the use of EBTs.
The Board has discussed the matter at successive Board meetings, and has come to a unanimous view. The Club had intended to make this known earlier, but a variety of factors, not least the need to focus on and conclude Hibernian business during the transfer window, delayed this.
Your Board fully understands the concerns of supporters regarding this issue, on all sides of the argument.
During the past six years, the matter has been interrogated by the highest courts in the land, by the SFA, and by the SPFL. In recent weeks, both the SPFL and SFA have taken extensive legal advice which does not support or encourage taking further action.
The lengthy and detailed explanation of the SPFL legal advice (July 26th 2017) makes clear that this matter has now been thoroughly examined by some of Scotland’s keenest legal minds, and their opinion is that – given the rules which applied at that time – no additional sanctions could be retrospectively applied. Similar legal views have been obtained by the SFA. Both organisations have looked at the issue and at potential sanctions, and have received strong and clear legal advice.
The SPFL – whilst accepting that no additional sanctions can be retrospectively applied – wants an independent review into how the issue was handled. The SFA has referred a specific aspect to its compliance officer. For all of these reasons, we also do not support the letter from the SPFL calling for a further independent review.
Your Board believes our game faces a choice. We either continue to spend significant sums of money and huge reserves of time and energy to challenge already lengthy and detailed legal advice. Or, we can focus on doing all we can to invest in the future of our Club and the wider game to improve our sport, and ensure there can be no repeat of the issues raised
We prefer the latter option – working to ensure that in the future our game is fairer and more open, and has the potential to secure greater commercial income to fund further improvement for the longer term.
Scottish football is finally emerging from a period of significant turbulence, which has damaged the sport, into a much more exciting future. While we know this is a divisive issue that will never be resolved to the satisfaction of all supporters, we cannot allow it to divert us from the future or to keep us mired in the past.
It is the view of your Board that we should focus 100% on a brighter future for Hibernian, and for the game. All of our energy will be used trying to bring future success to our own club, and to working together to create a future that all of our supporters can be proud of, on and off the pitch.”
The highest court in the land, The Supreme Court, has ruled that Rangers use of EBT was an exercise in disguising remuneration to evade tax. The highest court in the land has decreed that Rangers did not pay their social taxes as they fell due.
The highest court in the land has decreed that all Rangers’ applications to UEFA for a licence in the period of 1999- 2011 should have been vetoed as they were not paying their social taxes.
Which inexorably leads to the fact that Petrie as Chairman of the Licensing Committee is responsible for the 2011 Licence fiasco.
With the two principal architects of the EBT fraud in positions of influence, what could possibly go wrong? Not to mention the insidious influence of ménage à trois Ballantyne on the board. MAT Ballantyne conferred all the titles won by Rangers to Sevco Scotland. He’s a real stand-up guy.
These Rangers facing individuals are all severely compromised. Is it any wonder Regan does not want a truly independent review? Regan shoe-horned himself onto the LNS Commission and duly subverted its findings.
Regan refused to release the registration documents of the EBT All Stars, to Rod McKenzie, as it was evident that Rangers were declaring peppercorn salaries for some of the finest players in European football. Successive audits turned a blind eye to this anomaly.
Then there’s Petrie’s ‘clandestine’ meetings with Charles Green to apprise him of Regan/Doncaster’s attempts to force the SPL and the SFL to accommodate Sevco.
When one reverts to Petrie’s statement, ‘the potential to secure greater commercial income’ is shorthand for his worship at the altar of The Blue Pound. He has been genuflecting to the Blue Room since 2011. Was he invited to sup from The Loving Cup?