Notice of Complaint | Rangers FC
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Alleged Party in Breach: Rangers FC
Date: 15 May 2018
Articles of Association and Disciplinary Rule allegedly breached:
Article 5(2) of Scottish FA Articles of Association 2010-11
5. All members shall:-
(2) be subject to and shall comply with the Articles and any statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions and International Match Calendar promulgated by the Board or by a Standing Committee, committee or sub-committee thereof, or by FIFA or UEFA or by the Court of Arbitration for Sport;
Article 5.1 (a)(2) of Scottish FA Articles of Association 2010-11
Each member shall procure that its officials and its players:-
Observe, submit to and comply with the Articles and the statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions and International Match Calendar promulgated by (a) the Board or by any Standing Committee, committee sub-committee thereof, or (b) by FIFA or (c) by UEFA or (d) by the Court of Arbitration for Sport;
Disciplinary Rule 1 (Scottish FA Judicial Panel Protocol 2011-12)
Disciplinary Rule 2 (Scottish FA Judicial Panel Protocol 2011-12)
All members shall:-
(a) observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the rules of fair play;
(b) be subject to and comply with the articles and any statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions and International Match Calendar promulgated by the Board, the Professional Game Board, the Non-Professional Game Board, the Judicial Panel Protocol, a committee or sub-committee, FIFA, UEFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport;
(f) behave towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith.
Each member shall procure that its officials, its team officials and its players act in accordance with Rule 1.
Principal hearing date: Tuesday 26 June 2018
Response date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
I have faithfully transcribed the notice of complaint from the SFA website, adding red typeface for emphasis. RIFC Plc, the equity hold-all of which the member club is a subsidiary, issued the following in response:
THE Rangers Football Club (“the Club”) was informed today by the Scottish FA (“SFA”) that, after an eight-and-a-half month investigation, the SFA will not be proceeding with a Notice of Complaint in respect of the submission made by the Club to the SFA at the end of March 2011 with regard to the issue of the Club’s UEFA licence for the following Season.
The Club is unsurprised that it has now finally been accepted by the SFA that the accusations made against the Club were groundless. The Club questions whether the time, cost and expense of this investigation was justified and was a good use of the SFA’s limited resources.
Disappointingly, and presumably rather than accept that the investigation was a waste of all parties’ time and resources, the Club has been served with a new revised Notice of Complaint relating to the monitoring period subsequent to the grant of the UEFA licence. This new Notice of Complaint neglects to properly capture the provisions of prior agreements made between the Club and the SFA.
The Club will fiercely resist this reconstructed Notice of Complaint. Unfortunately, monies that should be available to Scottish youth and grassroots football will be diverted into another rehearsal of seven-year-old debates on the rights and wrongs of events that the SFA should have prevented at a time when doing so would have served a useful purpose.
It seems that Scottish Football is, once again, being directed by individuals intent on harming the Scottish game, Rangers Football Club and its supporters by pursuing a course that has no sensible purpose or reasonable prospect of success.
My initial take on this is that either there is an adjunct to the formal notice of complaint or that Messrs Blair & Traynor are flying a kite on behalf of the glib and shameless Limpopo Liar. There is nothing in the formal notice which exonerates Rangers from making a fraudulent application.
Let’s call it what it is. It’s a multimillion pounds fraud which should result in a custodial sentence for all the perpetrators. However given the disarray of Police Scotland’s Economic Crime Unit it will probably be settled by a rolled up trouser leg, a bare nipple and a knuckle shuffle.
Andy Coyle of STV who broke the story suggests that the UEFA statute of limitations applies and that UEFA will take no action. However as last season’s application -which also transgressed FFP regulations – was also within Tony McGlennan’s purview does it not behove the Compliance Officer to advise UEFA of any misgivings he may have? Furthermore when the ball of wax is passed to UEFA on the 31st of this month one would anticipate the estimable Mr. Traverso to be suitably exercised. He will probably keep his powder dry until 26 June, but should the complaints be upheld I cannot foresee any circumstances where he won’t punish this fraud. He could expel Rangers Lite from all UEFA participation for a period of five years.
Barcabhoy on Twitter put it succinctly:
“Rangers Directors admitted under oath in a court of Law that they lied to get a Uefa licence Everything else is just noise. Lied, cheated , charged.”
The fact that the mendacious bastard that is Stewart Regan – who is as slippery as a box of frogs in an oil slick – is no longer with us, is a boon. His ‘crystallisation‘ tennis with Peter Lawwell in support of the cheating was reminiscent of the last days of the Nixon administration. Regan was cut from the same cloth as Tricky Dicky.
When the news broke the first thing I did was to congratulate Auldheid and the Persistence beats Resistance team. Their advertisement in a Swiss newspaper given the reluctance of the SMSM to run with it, was a master stroke. However prompting Peter Lawwell to act was not the game changer. Evidence under oath at the Craig Whyte trial was compelling. Counsel for the SFA asserted that ‘Rangers’ had a case to answer.
Prior to the notice of complaint being published I contacted Charles Green with a request for a copy of the final draft of the Five Way Agreement. He did not have a copy. The original document is under lock and key at Ibrox. However we may not have long to wait for this document to be presented in an open court. If these complaints are upheld all roads will lead to The Court of Session. King is nothing if not inordinately litigious. King won’t play nice and take it to CAS. The Baron will dust down his Masonic apron and his Glen Clova heraldry to ride into battle. Tricky Dicky The Lyingheart if you will.
If there is an adjunct to the published complaint in regard to the monitoring period i.e. Rangers executives failed to advise the SFA that the £2.8m was outstanding, then it is a binary situation. If said executives acted in good faith it will be a matter of written record. No written record, guilty as charged.
Same old Rangers always cheating believe they have a get out of jail free card, viz:
“This new Notice of Complaint neglects to properly capture the provisions of prior agreements made between the Club and the SFA.”
The Five Way Agreement now raises its ugly head. When Craig Whyte bought Rangers the price when news of the £2.8m liability broke – which Sir Bribe & Lie excluded from the data room – was reduced to one pound.
In drafts one, two and six of the 5WA in my data room ( removable back up hard disk) Sevco Scotland agreed to accept liability and any punishment coming down the pike apropos tax and registration irregularities committed by Rangers Plc. The LNS fine was deducted from their SPL broadcasting disbursement.
Sevco Scotland were exempt from any Craig Whyte malfeasance, as both Whyte and Rangers had been dealt with by a Disciplinary Panel. One wonders if Rangers ever paid this fine? Are the SFA creditor 277?
If the mendacious beleaguered board can prove that Whyte directed Dickson and Olverman not to volunteer information during the monitoring can this be considered a CW exempt act?
I would pay good money for a seat at that hearing. For reasons that will be apparent to regular readers, funds notwithstanding, I could not comment about any plans to attend.
Rangers The Holy Ghost – The Ethereal Entity – The Engine Room Subsidiary – is the juice. Bottle is just an empty container.
The Court of Session in the full flush of a Scottish summer is irresitible. One wondera whether to wear my Sou’wester on the plane or chance its ‘integrity’ in the hold.
The Resolution 12 Requisitioner were pursuing the SFA. If as we are led to believe the alleged transgressions occurred during the monitoring period, it gets the SFA off the hook. Rod Petrie who chaired three of the licence committee meeting is either incompetent or bent. Andrew Dickson’s abnegation of his duty to inform his SFA employers during the monitoring period renders his position untenable.
I predicted that Tony McGlennan would not throw his employers to the wolves. The Monitoring Manoeuvre is a deft trick.