My readers are now alive to the artifice of PR companies. To all intents and purposes only three have any influence in the cesspool that is Scottish professional football. The biggest and by far the best is Media House International. They are a multi-million dollar international operation with a presence in London, New York and Dubai. Their clients include James and Sandy Easdale. Despite giving so much to the Sevco Burlesque, and taking nothing out (not even their petrol expenses) the Easdale brothers were derided by the pond scum which infests the bottom of the RRM barrel. They even received death threats. Their crime? Sandy was sent down in 1989 for the reset of stolen goods. The reset of stolen goods is common currency in the scrap metal business.
Compare and contrast Dave King’s forty-one criminal convictions, each of which carried a tariff of two years imprisonment, and how this was spun by Level 5 as a favourable result. Only in Planet PR can one drop £45m and change to avoid 82 years imprisonment and have it deemed a positive outcome.
At one time King, the apartheid opportunist, was facing 323 indictments. Fraud, money-laundering, share manipulation, exchange violations, bribery, corruption and racketeering. Type ‘career criminal‘ and ‘South Africa’ in your Google browser and note the links to King. Many of these links were written by your humble correspondent. I saw right through this East End wide-boy from the get-go.
Last but not least is Frame. Darryl Broadfoot, the former SFA Communications Director, asserted to John Clark that in the context of a meeting hosted by tie-in-soup McRae that he was the SFA. Broadfoot would not let the catatonic imbecile talk. A Glasgow Scale Coma would be a step up for McRae.
Broadfoot now plies his trade with Frame and acts as the account manager to the SFA.
A cynic would raise his hat to Broadfoot and his Resolution 12 rebuttal that the DOS/VSS debt of £2.8m had not crystallised.
Sandy Bryson may have mouthed ‘imperfectly registered but eligible’ but I contend that this phrase was concocted by Broadfoot.
What will Broadfoot come up with to sugar-coat Tony McGlennan’s Compliance Report? Will it be released at 9pm on Thursday evening when only a skeleton crew will be manning the desks of the broadcasters and print copy vendors? When Manchester United won the title on Easter Sunday some years ago no-one from the BBC was present to cover it. The TV/Radio hacks were on holiday with their kids. One would not have to colour me surprised if it’s slipped out under the cover of the night.
I have many sources. C Level sources on both sides of the Glasgow divide. The pond scum may wish to assassinate but I’m trusted for my accuracy, honesty and source anonymity by the movers and shakers who do not kick with their left feet.I’m also trusted by those who prefer their team to wear green hoops as they occasionally cast one eye upon an Emerald Isle. One of the latter is either close to or more likely an active participant in Resolution 12. He impressed upon me to focus on this issue. He insisted that it was the SFA’s Achilles Heel.
Broadfoot is renowned for having a predilection for bench pressing his ‘squeezes‘ but casting him as Achilles might be a stretch. One would like to think that Achilles had more luck with with the Greek ladies than jumper-fit Darryl whose only connection with Greece is his ubiquitous bottle of Grecian 2000. He never leaves home without it. Darryl’s knockbacks, dizzies and rubber ears are the stuff of legend but he’s not one to Mone about it.
The fact that it’s now the best part of seven months since SFA counsel gave the Rangers’ UEFA licence investigation a green light to proceed has elicited some suspicion.
To my mind it’s a binary issue, viz:
1. Did Rangers’ executives lie about the £2.8m overdue payable in their UEFA Licence submission.
2. Did the SFA collude in their fraudulent application.
If the former charge is upheld, King’s heir apparent Alastair Johnston is in the dock. Andrew Dickson will also be thrown to the wolves. This to me is a slam dunk.
When I turn my thoughts to point two the fact that Dickson was quite incredibly on the licence committee stinks to high heaven:
” Should Rangers get a licence Andy?”
” Absolutely Rod. What’s not to like?”
What is known about this process is that Petrie chaired three licence committee meetings. If charge one is upheld he is guilty of incompetence. By allowing Dickson to adjudicate his employer’s application I contend that he is also guilty of charge two.
The fundamentals of any enquiry are the 5 W’s:
When? Where? Who? What? Why?”
The When timeline is clear cut. Evidence given under oath at the Whyte trial instructs that the overdue payable had ‘crystallised‘ prior to the 31st March initial cut-off date. Johnston, covering his arse, briefed the Daily Record on 1st April that he had no idea when it would be paid. It most certainly was not paid by Whyte as he had a penchant for not disbursing the PAYE, NI and VAT due to HMRC. When Messengers At Arms turned up at Ibrox in August any idea that Whyte was negotiating with HMRC was quickly kicked into touch.
The SFA submitted the RFC application on April 16, 2011.
The Where is simple. 150 Edmiston Drive and Hampden Park Glasgow.
The What is also straightforward. Licence fraud.
The Why is more challenging but not impenetrable. Who gained most from this licence fraud? The prevailing narrative is that the member club had more to gain than any other party, but this is not the case.
Sir Bribe & Lie had the sale of the toxic club, £18m and change, and a half share in MIM riding on it. Whyte was planning to engage in UEFA roulette to keep the club afloat long enough to punt it in an IPO. No licence no sale.
Would it be beyond someone prepared to pay a $1m cash bribe to have a word in Campbell Ogilvie’s ear and remind him that his £95,000 EBT would not play well in the court of public opinion? Did Murray impress upon Ogilvie that pressure must be brought to bear on Petrie ‘to do the right thing.‘
Would Petrie’s ascent up the SFA’s greasy pole gone as seamlessly without the help of Ogilvie? And at What price?
The Who in this imbroglio is the most interesting.
McGlennan is a solicitor. If a fraud has occurred he will be alive to the possibility of criminal charges. One could also argue that every application for a licence during the EBT regimen – where incriminating side letters were purposefully excluded from SFA submissions – were also fraudulent.
It’s my firm conviction that Petrie and Dickson sat down to work out how best to subvert the rules for the benefit of Rangers and Sir Bribe & Lie.
If McGlennan’s report points to fraud and blackmail by SDM, UEFA will take a dim view. They might suspend the member clubs of the SFA from competing in Europe.
Celtic who lost out in the initial fraud might well lose out again.
My source was correct. The SFA does have an Achilles Heel. The Resolution 12 Requisitioners flighted their arrows with deadly precision.