The Antichrists : Lennon,Whyte & King

Subversion (Latin subvertere: overthrow) refers to a process by which the values and principles of a system in place are contradicted or reversed, an attempt to transform the established social order and its structures of power, authority, hierarchy, and nor. Subversion is used as a tool to achieve political goals because it generally carries less risk, cost, and difficulty as opposed to open belligerency.” Wikipedia

I would have preferred to have published this article ‘free to air’ but donations are following the same worrying trend established in January which puts the entire site in jeopardy. The premium piece at £1.99 will include an as yet unconsidered pre-trial subversion apropos Craig Whyte:

Did the subversion of Scottish football predetermine the COPFS and Police Scotland response? What influence did Dave King have on the indictments faced by Craig Whyte?

I will also reveal why Walter Smith will not be the next Scotland manager. This will be the first piece of information that will only be available to my recurring donors with a minimum of a £20 monthly payment or those whose significant contributions have kept this site alive. Publishing this private information would be in poor taste. I also have another nugget on a former legend of the Scottish game which I will never publish.

As I write I’m listening to the talking heads on Sportsound. There is no need to have a highly-paid executive at the SFA and the same at the SPFL. The Ross County Chairman Roy McGregor, in conversation with Jim Spence, introduced what I have proposed viz one body with the SFA subsumed into the SPFL.

The SFA is unfit for purpose. This out of touch organisation should be abolished. There has never been a better time to take this odious organ down.

Craig Brown on the panel poured cold water on the prospect of Leeann Dempster being the next SFA Chief Executive. He failed to mention her belting out ‘The Billy Boys” in ‘Pleana Voce‘ for two decades. Not really surprising given his own rendition of that ‘ditty’ down the telephone to a paramour.

Chick Young uncharacteristically made a very good point. He highlighted that the SFA and the SPFL compete for the same sponsors. This is preposterous. The SFA’s remit includes the appointment of a referees supervisor and the development of match officials; the National Team and The Scottish Cup. They also claim to represent the interests of The Highland League and Junior football. The SFA actually delegates the oversight of both.

The first part of their remit could be easily subsumed. Just take down the placards on the 6th Floor, give Fleming an SPFL contract and he would be good to go. As for The National Team would Doncaster be stupid enough to arrange a tour of Peru and Mexico when up to eight of the first team squad emanate from Celtic? At the very least he would have called up Peter Lawwell and solicited his feedback. The most powerful man in Scottish football would have vetoed it and the idea would have been stillborn. I will be inordinately surprised if any of the Celtic squad ‘float down to Peru’ at season’s end.

In England the job of National Team manager is highly sought after and is perceived as the pinnacle of one’s coaching career. When the FA comes calling clubs give them their blessing to recruit their manager. It’s a longstanding tradition that is observed to this day.

However Craig Brown from his position as a Non-Executive Director at Aberdeen would be loath to see Derek McInnes in the National Team dugout. I believe he would make an excellent Scotland manager. My enthusiasm is somewhat tempered by his inability to shake the Rangers Lite monkey off his back.

A Neil Lennon / Leeann Dempster ticket was proposed on Sportsound. I invite Tom English to expound on the former’s eligibility. Lennon has an excellent CV. He had a successful spell at Celtic where he coached his team to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. He has done a wonderful job at Hibs. On merit he would be most eligible.

However the SFA, drawn from the bowels of Ibrox, would perceive this Catholic son of Ulster as The Antichrist.

This organisation will never get it right. Finding someone who Swings The Lead and is adept at a knuckle shuffle should not be uppermost in their selection criteria. If the SFA were subsumed into the SPFL would the supporters be given a football coach they deserved or would the Blue Horde celebrating the death of The Lisbon Lions hold sway?

That’s a discussion you won’t hear on BBC Freemasonry’s Sportsound. Perish the very thought of hearing this discussion, or anything remotely meaningful, on Kenny Mac’s Blue Velvet on a Monday evening. The on-loan Pena used his Rangers shorts as a makeshift handkerchief as a GIRFUY statement to the beleaguered Lite board. Rumour has it that the producer of Kenny Mac’s magazine invites so many former Rangers players on the show so that Kenny can sniff their RFC shorts. Apparently those with an EBT are particularly pungent. Dennis Hopper comes readily to mind:

Baby wants to fuck.

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Doing SFA For Fair Play

Prior to the main thrust of this article I take pause to reflect on yesterday’s football results. Hibs win at Ibrox by a one goal margin is analagous to their win by a similar margin at The Sectarian Speakeasy on match day two. They wiped the floor with Lite at Easter Road and had it not been for an ‘honest mistake‘ would have shared the points. This would have been cold comfort for their attractive and expansive play which deserved all three points.

Celtic’s loss to Kilmarnock was unexpected. The disadvantages of losing Boyata and Ajer to injury in the first half could have been counteracted by some inventive play up front. There was no spark. Musonda failed to ignite them. It was probably too much to ask for in his first game.

Aberdeen cut the gap to Celtic to eight points with a commanding 3-0 home win against Hamilton. They also stretched the gap to Lite to six points. Lite’s game in hand at Firhill on Tuesday will be instructive as the superior Hibs are breathing down their necks. Should Lite lose this game their third rate perch will be up for grabs.

The tussle between St.Mirren and Dundee United for the automatic promotion spot could well have been decided when the Buddies stretched the gap to fourteen points on Saturday. The latter have two games in hand but even if they prevailed in both they would still be looking down the barrel of an eight point deficit. Morton’s win against play-off rival Dunfermline puts them in the box seat for one of three berths. They have been in a rich seam of form of late. Long may it continue (I wear my love of this club on my sleeve).

Paul Gascoigne turned up at Ibrox looking like Father Abraham of Smurfs fame, which in the circumstances was uncannily apposite. It must have been a bittersweet moment for Leeann Dempster in the Directors’ box to watch the team she supports go down to her current charges. One hopes that she did not pack her knee-high boots to wade in Fenian blood. Old habits from twenty seasons of sectarianism die hard.

LNS, EBT, Resolution 12, players abandoned in airports, draw debacles and an incestuous relationship with Doncaster and his ‘Continuation’ imperatives have damaged the SFA beyond repair. Abolish it!

Which seamlessly leads me to my thesis apropos abolishing the SFA. An independent and respected body, the Tax Justice Network, published a 19 page report viz Doing SFA For Fair Play which took the SFA to task.

This report poses the following question:

” Is the SFA an organisation capable of fixing itself and adopting the required standards of transparency, accountability and fairness that fans of Scottish football deserve?”

The report concludes:

The evidence does strongly suggest that the SFA is unable, if not actively unwilling, to ensure fair play.”

Which begs the question why should one allow it to continue? Why not make strong representation to one’s member club, with the threat of a season ticket boycott, with a view to dissolving this odious organ?

If it cannot ensure fair play it should not govern our game. The Tax Justice Network looked at two instances, both involving former club Rangers, which highlight the systemic failures of this anachronistic organisation.

The first of these is Rangers’ use of employment benefit trusts (EBT). The authors of the report asserted:

In order for EBT to work as a tax avoidance scheme the payments from the trust needed to be independent of the club. If HMRC could see that Rangers players were being paid to play then they could tax any payments as if the players were being paid directly by the club. To get around this problem, Rangers’ contracts registered with the SFA did not include the EBT payments.”

To compound matters:

The club issued “side letters” to the players, guaranteeing payment. These letters promised payment but the terms and existence of the agreement was kept out of the players’ contract and away from the eyes of HMRC and the SFA.”

In 2005 the club denied the existence of the side letters to HMRC. By 2007, a dawn raid by City of London Police on an unrelated matter, revealed that the club were lying. By 2009 a ‘visit’ by HMRC to the SFA revealed that the EBT and side letter agreements had not been revealed to the SFA.

The predecessor to EBT, the Discounted Option Scheme/Value Shift Scheme, had been determined to have been an unlawful tax avoidance mechanism on the precedent established by an HMRC test case against Aberdeen Asset Management. Side Letters were also issued. These side letters were also concealed from HMRC and the SFA.

On ‘The Wee Tax Case‘ a HMRC Inspector wrote:

I have decided to make these assessments as it is my view that the amounts reflected in the assessments arise due to the deliberate failure or fraudulent behaviour of the company.”

At this juncture the police should have been contacted. Wilfully lying to HMRC and making false HMRC returns is punishable by imprisonment. But not in Scotland where the Rangers head of security was a former Police Superintendent who had clambered up the greasy pole with the assistance of his Freemason brothers.

The Failure of the SFA to govern and the failure of Strathclyde Police to uphold and enforce the law is unconscionable.

Strathclyde Police are no longer with us. There was a recognised need to reform. The SFA, which is incapable of reform should be abolished.

One man is singled out in the Tax Justice Network report. Campbell Ogilvie, a liar’s liar, stated in person to the LNS enquiry:

Nothing to do with the contributions being made to the Trust fell within the scope my remit at Rangers.”

Ogilvie claimed that his first contact with EBT was his severance payment of £95,000. Which leads to the scope of the LNS commission which excluded DOS/VSS from its considerations. Was this due to the unseen hand of Stewart Regan to conceal the fact that the President of the SFA executed a payment to Craig Moore via The Montreal Trust? I published this letter. It was seen by my readers. It was not seen by the LNS commission as the timeline of the commission was changed.

Regan, Ogilvie and Doncaster subverted the LNS enquiry. Regan should have been dismissed for this imbroglio of deception. Ogilvie should not be a UEFA match day delegate. Doncaster’s time will come.

When it was revealed that the substantive part of 55 Rangers players’ salaries had not been registered with the SFA, this odious organ sent in the clowns in the shape of Sandy Bryson who declared that:

‘the players were imperfectly registered but eligible.’ 

I rest my case. This organisation is incapable of reform. They sacked Gordon Strachan, with a conspicuous absence of succession planning, leaving the National Team rudderless. They have failed to qualify for the finals of any tournament for 20 years. Their Scottish Cup draws, covered live, descend into farce when the frozen balls break open.

This organisation is unfit for purpose. It must be subsumed into the SPFL.

The SFA have lost more than Regan and their sponsor. They have lost the plot.

 

 

 

 

 

A Poisoned Bucket

In the hours after Regan’s departure there was a thread on a website about who might succeed him. Hibs’ impressive leader, Leeann Dempster, was mooted only to be shot down by some contributors because she, apparently, once held a season ticket at Rangers. That’s an isolated and perhaps extreme example of the bitterness that’s out there, but this is not a poisoned chalice of a job we’re talking about, it’s a poisoned bucket”.” Tom English – BBC Freemasonry.

Now that the odious Stewart Regan has kicked the poisoned bucket, thoughts turn to his legacy and successor. Alan McRae, the former Cove Rangers supremo and now president of the SFA, took his tie out of his soup to write a glowing valedictory to Regan. Forgive me if I demur.

Regan faced three challenges in 2011-2013. How he dealt with them defined his legacy. When the SMSM finally woke up to the fact that Rangers were ineligible to compete in UEFA tournaments in 2011/2012, Regan followed up a call with Andrew Dickson with an email to the then Rangers Chief Executive Ali Russell. The Tax Justice Network wrote:

The close relationship between the SFA and the club (Rangers) is also a concern. It is difficult to imagine any regulator, in any other sector, running press statements past the people they were regulating for approval. It is even more difficult to understand how a regulator can be seen to be impartial if it drops public statements it was planning to make about a company they regulate on the request of the company and arranges a private dinner between the chief executives in the following weeks.”

Regan lied that the £2.8m due to HMRC had not crystallised. Testimony under oath at the Craig Whyte trial unequivocally refuted this lie of convenience. To my mind Regan and his corrupt cabal of colleagues at the SFA, including President Campbell Ogilvie and Licence Committee member Andrew Dickson, wilfully ignored an overdue payable to grant Rangers a UEFA licence, in contravention of UEFA statutes on social taxes. Craig Whyte in his correspondence to Russell to veto Regan’s proposed press release, reminded Regan that the SFA were up to their necks in this fraudulent conspiracy and would be severely compromised if Regan’s proposed press release saw the light of day. I published it in full.

Regan should have been sacked on the spot.

However this was as nothing to what Regan wrote in 2012:

 

Dear all,

Many thanks for your contribution and support over the last two weeks in trying to deliver a programme of change that will move Scottish football forward whilst addressing the need to deal with the Rangers matter with integrity and in line with our own values as an organisation.


I was hugely encouraged with where we got to last night on a long and tiring phone call and I thank all of you for your efforts to move this issue forward.
I thought it would be helpful if I summarised where I think we are:


1. The Rangers Football Club will be relegated to the 1st Division of the SFL with immediate effect and will be replaced in the SPL by Dundee FC.
2. The television rights for Rangers FC matches in the SFL will be purchased by the SPL for the sum of  £1m as a one-off fee for the season 2012/2013.
3. The two leagues will merge into a single league body – The Scottish Professional Football League – effective season 2013/14 – with a working party set up immediately involving representatives from the SPL, SFL and (if required) the Scottish FA to plan the integration of the two bodies – people, rules, rebranding, commercial considerations and so on.
4. A new Board of Directors will be appointed to govern the single league. The make up of this Board will consist of an Independent Chairman, CEO, 3 representatives from the Premier League, 2 representatives from the Championship/Leagues 1 & 2 and 2 Independent Non-Executive Directors.
5. Play-offs will be introduced immediately with the first matches taking place at the end of the coming season 2012/2013.
6. Enhanced parachute payments will be implemented from the end of the season 2012/2013 to soften the landing for club(s) relegated from the Premier League.
7. A revised all-through distribution model will be put in place to provide: a) An all-through distribution model for clubs 1-22 and a minimum guarantee for 20 clubs in Leagues 1 & 2, equivalent to what they would earn under the current settlement agreement.
8. A Pyramid System will be put in place which open up the bottom of League 2 effective from the end of season 2013/2014 with the first opportunity for promoted clubs to enter the league being 2014/15 thus allowing for licensing to take place.
9. Consolidation below the Third Division to take place to create a Lowland & Highland League structure effective 2014/15 with appropriate play-offs and promotion/relegation to be put in place. Clubs to be briefed that the previous season 2013/2014 will involve the opportunity to enter play-offs for the first time.
In terms of actions/timings I think the following needs to happen in this coming week:
A) A joint statement today from all 3 bodies confirming that productive discussions have taken place on a new blueprint for Scottish football. Consultation will continue over the next two weeks with a view to clubs getting together week commencing 2nd July to try and agree the way forward. (D Broadfoot to provide this and circulate to DL/ND for approval)
B) Rod P / Jim B to finalise the all-through financial model by Wednesday this week latest.
C) Neil / David to finalise the detail on Governance, Commercials and Play-Offs (ideally Monday/Tuesday) and incorporate these, plus the financials in B) above into a legally binding Heads of Terms ‘draft’ for presentation to each league body w/c 2nd July.
D) DL to organise SFL Board Meeting w/c 25th June to gain buy-in to the plan and also arrange an all club meeting w/c 2nd July
E) ND to gain support from SPL Clubs 28th June
F) SFL Clubs Meeting to be planned for 3rd July
G) SPL Club Meeting to be planned for 4th July
H) Scottish FA Board to sign off on the final plan post 4th July. Subject to approval all bodies (including Newco) to sign legal documentation.
I) Agree joint communication strategy
J) In parallel to A-D above, could Rod Petrie please brief Charles Green confidentially on the discussions from a Scottish FA perspective so that there are ‘no surprises’ and there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on.
K) Andrew to ensure our check list of disclosures relating to Newco and Fit & Proper Person criteria are delivered by 2nd july. The Board will need these plus the Heads of Terms above in order to complete this plan.
The Scottish FA Board have agreed to provide a one-off restructuring budget of £1m on condition the above plan is delivered.
I hope this covers everything.
Speak soon….now off to the airport!


Regards
Stewart”

Note how Regan delegates his attempt to shoehorn Charles Green’s basket case of assets to others and slips away on vacation lest the shit hits the fan. This plan was stillborn. True to form when Greenturned up to sign Draft 6 of the Five Way Agreement, Regan was leaving on the pretext of a social engagement. If a close family member had expired, he could have risen the following morning and driven to Durham. This was not the case. He chose to distance himself from the horse-trading lest it break down and he be called out as a fraud by Charles Green.

He should have been sacked on the spot for this dereliction of duty.

I have chosen to reproduce an excerpt from JJ Passim: An Open Letter To Stewart Regan, which was published 8 months ago and can be found in my archive. The foreword in Green Italic typeface is from Joe O’Rourke:

Another question which is being asked by football supporters of all clubs is in regards to the criteria which must be met to be awarded a European spot by the SFA for season 2017/18. Do all the clubs in Scotland which have been awarded a place meet the criteria?

I also note with interest this morning in the media, your colleague (should that be Brother?) SFA President Alan McRae state that it would be a “very boring and dreary” season in Scottish Football if our Invincible Treble Winners aren’t challenged. McRae doesn’t want just any team to challenge, he just wants it to be Rangers who are doing the challenging. I’m sure his predecessor will be proud of him.

This is coming from a guy who has contributed absolutely nothing to Scottish Football,  at Amateur or Highland League level, a guy like you has been an embarrassment to Scottish Football, and those in power at UEFA must wonder how you both got into your high level positions.

Finally Mr Regan, I would like to ask you if you have changed your position on the questions sent to you by the group of Celtic Supporter Shareholders known as “ Resolution 12”. Although I never followed the Craig Whyte trial very closely, I read enough to suggest that contrary to what you claimed, the Tax Liability had Crystallised and therefore a European Licence should not have been issued to Rangers.

That means without a shadow of a doubt one or more people were telling lies, the question is Mr Regan were you one of them? I don’t expect you to answer that, but I thought I would ask the question anyway. There is also the case of the DOS/EBT with side letters schemes ran by Rangers;  was the full truth put before Lord Nimmo Smith? Again were one or more people telling lies?

That only leaves me to reiterate the position of the Celtic Supporters Association. After the six blind officials match at Hampden our members passed unanimously a “Vote of No Confidence” in you, I think you can safely add your colleague Mr McRae to that now. I also think it is time that you actually asked the supporters of all the member clubs in Scotland if they have any confidence in you to take Scottish Football forward. I would safely predict that UKIP would be more popular than you. For the benefit of Scottish Football please go now.”

 

Joe O’Rourke,
General Secretary,
Celtic Supporters Association,
Independent Shareholder in Celtic Football Club.

JJ: Stewart Regan has been exposed in a blatant lie. Given his attempt to cover his arse in an e-mail to Ali Russel and Andrew Dickson he is fully aware of this lie. The DOS/VSS tax debt crystallised at the beginning of March, 2011. To state that it had not crystallised at the March and June cut-off dates is a lie. Stewart Regan lied to assist Rangers as he concurs with McRae’s view that a strong Rangers is good for Scottish football. His lies were to the detriment of other clubs who paid their social taxes.

However let’s not hang Regan for a lamb when we have the sheep of his involvement in the LNS fiasco. Could someone explain to me why the Chief Executive of the appellate body, the SFA, saw fit to impose himself on a supervisory committee apropos a Scottish Premier League inquiry? If Nimmo Smith – Lord is just an honorary title – had come to the rightful conclusion that Rangers had gained an illegal competitive advantage would Regan have buried it? What part did Regan play in limiting the scope of the LNS inquiry to exclude the illegal tax evasion of the DOS/VSS scheme? Why was the compromised Campbell Ogilvie allowed to lead testimony for Rangers to save his own neck? Why was Sandy Bryson allowed to fudge a binary issue with the preposterous ‘imperfectly registered but eligible?’

Why was Andrew Dickson who submitted Craig Whyte’s application to be a football director not censured by the SFA? It is common knowledge that Dickson did not disclose that Whyte had been previously disqualified as a company director for seven years. Dickson had full access to the Titon report.

In his role as an experienced administrator regarding club licensing what part did Dickson play in advising RFC Finance Director Ken Olverman how to report the status of the DOS/VSS bill to UEFA given that Dickson knew that it was an overdue payable that had crystallised in March?

Why was Mr Dickson not censured for knowingly withholding the side letters detailing EBT payment to players, managers and directors from the SFA and SPL? Did he fail to mention his own EBT of £33,000?

Could Mr Regan explain why a central figure in the EBT tax evasion of Rangers was elected to the SFA congress in 2015?

Why was Rod McKenzie of Harper Macleod solicitors also appointed to the SFA congress in 2015? Was this his recompense for only looking under the rocks that the SFA had deemed ‘appropriate’ for the LNS commission?

As the ultimate arbiters of the Scottish game why do the SFA allow the SPFL to engage in the lie of Continuation? Does it not behove the SFA to contact Neil Doncaster to take him to task on his transposition of historic titles to a new club formed in 2012? The SFA know that Rangers Lite are a new club as they initially issued them with a conditional licence.

As for Regan stating that Whyte was still banned from Scottish football did he think that Whyte gave a flying fuck about his perspective? To suggest that the SFA handled the Rangers implosion with the utmost probity and without fear or favour is the rhetoric of the revisionist.

Scottish Football does not need a strong Rangers. It needs a strong SFA.

 

The LNS Commission was a sham. Allowing Campbell Ogilvie to advance a skewed narrative that saved his neck and the stripping of titles was unconscionable. Bryson’s ‘imperfectly registered but eligible’ statement was also a blatant lie. Each and every game in which Rangers fielded or had an ineligible player in their squad should have resulted in a 3-0 win for their opponents. If Regan had shown some leadership and applied SFA rules we all could have moved on.

Regan’s legacy is that we cannot move on and allow tax evasion to go unpunished. The SFA should be abolished. It should be subsumed as the SFL was into the SPFL. Neil Doncaster and Rod McKenzie should play no part in this new organisation.

As for English’s advocacy of Leeann Dempster how can one possibly allow a Rangers season ticket holder of 20 years, who is of the view that we should Move On, to maintain the SFA’s status quo?

Was English giving a nod to the cabal of senior Freemasons who run BBC Scotland?

If Dempster is given the SFA gig Scottish football is going to hell in a poisoned bucket.

One Down, One To Go

Prior to my postscript on Stewart Regan’s ill-starred tenure at the SFA, I take pause for an exclusive on the Morelos behind the scenes manoeuvres. One of the beleaguered Lite board, on the balance of probability Stewart Robertson, instructed Morelos’ agents to punt him to the highest bidder. ‘World in Motion‘ did his bidding. Their first pass was their contacts at English Championship clubs. There were no takers. They then created from thin air some interest from Chinese clubs, who were completely in the dark about Morelos. The plan was to smoke out a higher bid just prior to the end of the transfer window. Their plan, with Yuanker Traynor playing his part with private briefings of his Level 5 lickspittles, came to nought. This will come as a surprise to the Dim Sum Loyal  who believe a move will be made prior to the close of the Chinese window at the end of this month. They are dumplings caught in a bubble of spin.

My pursuit of Regan has been relentless. I had his measure when he was the Chief Executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and ran up an unprecedented loss. This guy literally could not organise a piss up in his employer’s brewery (Coors). When Regan went off-piste to India with a view to offsetting his record losses by introducing 20/20 cricket, his feet did not touch the ground when the Coup D’Etat was uncovered. He was the ‘Guy Fawkes’ of the YCCC who plotted to blow up test cricket.

I buried the ethereal entity here in 2012. We need to dress it up as Rangers for the Gullibillies. Look harder Stewart.”

Regan spent just north of seven and a half years fighting fires, many of which were started by himself. His first controversy was a decision by Dougie McDonald to rescind  a penalty award to Celtic. McDonald had capitulated to the vehemence of the Dundee United protests. The one-eyed bigot that was referees supervisor, Hugh Dallas, concocted a story which alleged that the assistant running the line cried ‘Dougie Dougie‘ into his radio mike to alert McDonald to his mistake. It was a blatant lie. The assistant refused to confirm Dallas’ lie and immediately resigned.

Dallas was exposed as one of six SFA individuals who forwarded a cartoon depicting The Pope as a paedophile on the SFA intranet. All six were sacked. The Scottish referees, whom had made a slew of ‘honest mistakes’ to the detriment of Celtic, decided to go on strike. Dallas offered to head off the industrial action if he were to be reinstated. Regan told Dallas where to get off.

The appointment and subsequent dismissal/resignation of Wotte, Levein, Stark, Strachan and Mclair passed without incident. Darryl Broadfoot, who had ‘kept goal‘ as Communications Director since October 2009, kept a tight rein on the narrative. However Broadfoot was caught with his pants down, and horror of horror was wearing a pair of Michelle’s soiled panties, when Malky Mackay was appointed as the third performance director in five years. One wonders what part of calling one’s employer ‘A slanty-eyed slope‘ escaped the SFA’s notice? Regan defended his decision by asserting that Mackay had engaged in Diversity Training. The sense of cognitive dissonance was palpable in a man who regularly dismissed individuals as ‘homos.’

The fact that Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament under Regan’s watch should not be underestimated. His failure to seduce O’Neil should not be overlooked. However my antipathy was piqued by his engagement in a joint enterprise with a corrupt cabal of football governance executives to exonerate a club from cheating on an industrial scale and to subvert a commission which concluded that Rangers’ executives had not acted dishonestly. Fifty-five players received EBT. Many of these player had side-letters. When Mike McGill responded to HMRC that there were no side-letters he was lying. When Rangers were awarded a licence to play in Europe in 2011, Alastair Johnston, Ali Russell and Andrew Dickson were all lying about an overdue social tax.

Rod Petrie chaired the committee which awarded the 2011 UEFA licence. Andrew Dickson was a leading light in this committee. There can be little doubt that Dickson and Campbell Ogilvie influenced Petrie’s committee to give the bent application a green light. One awaits McGlennan’s findings with a sense of heightened anticipation.

Regan’s frantic attempts to shoehorn Charles Green’s basket case of assets into the SPL and SFL first division failed spectacularly and exposed him as someone who would sacrifice the SFA rules and sporting integrity at the altar of commercial expediency. In the first two drafts of the Five Way agreement, 15 titles, including five Championships, were identified as unsound. Regan and his corrupt cabal attempted to pass off a new company as Rangers PLC. They were prepared to confer all but 15 of the titles that had been won by the former club/company.

In the final analysis all titles were conferred and a new metaphysical construct of an ethereal club was created. Sevco Scotland would be the operators of this immortal entity. It was a clusterfuck of a carve-up. I exposed every last grubby detail of it.

Was I instrumental in Regan’s departure? That’s for others to decide. According to one of my most trusted sources – with six decades in the media behind him –  I informed the cognoscenti of his many failures with the press eventually falling into line.

No-one should ever underestimate the power and reach of this site. My contributors and I are at the vanguard of the narrative. Regan might not be as odious as Lord McAlpine – who interred a young boy in a coffin in a shallow grave to bend the boy to his evil will – but his slipperiness of shoulders when not fronting up the horse-trading with Green is indicative of his cunning.

Steven Thompson; former Scotland assistant coach Peter Houston and BBC Scotland  football reporter Chris McLaughlin analysed Regan’s departure on BBC Sportsound. The latter contends that Regan was pushed. They then looked at a short list of potential replacements.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster, a Hun of twenty years standing, would be well-received by the blue horde at Hampden and play well with the gender inclusive agendas at UEFA and FIFA

Neil Doncaster was also considered for the position. I suggest they keep their powder dry. Doncaster’s Monster Myth (refer to CQN) needs razing to the ground. I won’t rest until I burn this corrupt bastard’s house down.

Big Enough To Screw Scottish Football

I salute my resolute readers who took the time to read yesterday’s 7,000 word opus on the fix at the heart of Scottish football. Prior to a detailed dissection of the stitch-up I should emphasise the fact that this is a document that the corrupt cabal who run our game don’t want you to see. Section 8 is quite detailed apropos keeping this document under wraps:

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CONFIDENTIALITY
 8.1  Neither RFC nor Sevco may make any disclosure to a third party, press release or public announcement whatsoever about, concerning or relating to this Agreement and/or thetransactions contemplated by it or disclose any of the terms of this Agreement except in terms which do not depart from the terms of a public statement agreed in writing by the parties or with the express prior written consent of all parties to this Agreement.
8.2 Clause 8.1 shall not apply to any disclosure made by a party to its professional advisers,or to any announcement or disclosure required by the laws of any relevant jurisdiction or by any competent regulatory or governmental body or securities exchange in any relevant jurisdiction, provided that the party required to make such an announcement or disclosure shall first take all such steps as may be reasonable and practicable in the circumstancesto consult with the other parties, and shall take into account their reasonable comments.
8.3 Each party shall ensure that any professional adviser to which it discloses information under clause 8.2 is made aware of the obligations of confidentiality contained in thisclause and complies with this clause as if binding on it directly.”

Stewart Regan, who knew that what they were doing was corrupt and was apprehensive that he would be called out by Charles Green if discussions broke down, excused himself from the evening meeting in an Edinburgh hotel on the pretext of a social engagement. He emerged from the elevator as Charles Green arrived. That’s how slimy this bastard is. One should never forget it.

It did not take long for the Continuation Construct of this fix to rear its ugly head. The ‘Recitals‘ section includes this nugget of sophistry:

D) RFC is a public company limited by shares which (i) is a full member (as defined in the SFA Legislation (as defined below)) of the SFA; (ii) owns one of the twelve issued Shares in the SPL; and (iii) owned and operated an association football club known as “RangersFC”

I suspect the unseen hand of a man whom elicits ‘lunch envy‘ in Yuanker Traynor, the endomorph’s endomorph, Rod McKenzie who recently accepted a part-time gig at Neil Doncaster’s Hampden circus. A cynic might advance that he has been retained to provide counsel on the metaphysical. His starter for 10 is a real doozy. RFC PLC is Rangers; an incorporated company since it was limited by statute in 1899. It has retained the same registration number for 113 years and is now in the final throes of liquidation in its final guise as Rangers 2012 Ltd. There was no separation of club and company. Is it just me or does anyone else smell a rat shinning down Regan’s, Doncaster’s, Longmuir’s and Bannatyne’s trouser legs. The stench is so pungent that one suspects that they took a team bath in a septic tank.

While on the subject of Yuanker Traynor would his postman be so kind as to inquire how many Chinese clubs does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is of course none as was the number of bidders for Morelos from The People’s Republic. Were the mythical Chinese scouts not fulsome in their praise of Morelos as he vied with the pink flamingoes for attention in Florida?

Note to Yuanker: I’m not referring to The We Are The People’s Republic. There is no need for a Tank Man to attempt to dissuade the denizens of Ibrox from wading in Fenian blood. A thankless task even if one has had the prescience to bring along a plastic bag to stem the flow.

I digress. One only has to wait a few syllables for the next blatant lie:

(F) Following the completion of a controlled auction process by the Joint Administrators (defined below), Sevco has purchased substantially all the business and assets of RFC by entering into the SPA.

What Charles Green had actually purchased was Ibrox excluding the car park, Murray Park and enough ‘tuped’ players for a game of five a side. Which was all the latter could have engaged in without a licence from the SFA. As for the business side of this equation this had been dumped with the £168.6m of debt. There was no business. Just a basket of assets with aspirations to be a business.

The farrago of lies continues in the next recital:

(G) Sevco will become, following on the transfer to it of the full membership of RFC in the SFA, on Completion (defined below) the operator of Rangers FC within the Third Division of the Scottish Football League.

As Rolf Harris would say, while simultaneously putting his hands down an unwitting child’s pants, can you guess what it is yet? In a switcheroo that would bring a tear of nostalgia welling up in Charles Green’s eyes. Sevco which according to McKenzie’s own words engaged in a substantial purchase is not actually the club but the operator of the ethereal engine-room subsidiary which quite incredibly survived a head on collision at 168.6 mph.

Did Ménage a Trois Bannatyne, who is fond of a threesome, envisage a trinity where RIFC would be God the father, Sevco God the son and Rangers the Holy Ghost. How Catholic of him. Suffice to say I’m an atheist who is loath to make a leap of faith on the ethereal entity, the trading style, that is Rangers.

In a hat tip to Duff & Phelps – whom hairy-arsed with an abacus DCI Jim Roberson and his accommodating assistant Jackie O’Neil chose to arrest when the real criminals are at Hampden – the corrupt cabal provided the following:

13.4 Nothing in this agreement shall prevent the Joint Administrators using the name “RangersFootball Club” or any other trade name of RFC for the purposes of the performance of their statutory duties.

How  quintessentially British of them. This came in useful when presenting the picked-off carcass to Lord Hodge who passed the deceased club to morticians BDO who duly stripped it of everything, including Ally McCoist’s dignity, prior to its final resting place in a Canary Wharf filing cabinet.

Much store is put by the findings of the First Tier Tribunal which provided the perfect excuse to the corrupt cabal not to deal with the tax evasion of the former member club. One could hazard a guess that if the findings of the Supreme Court were factored into these proceedings McKenzie and his morally barren knights would excuse the ethereal entity and throw the book at Craig Whyte. If they were feeling particularly vengeful they could throw Halloween Houston’s novel at him. A somewhat limited edition I grant you but all the rage at Dignitas to quash any last minute doubts.

The thorny issue of UEFA participation, which was formerly settled by a game of Rock Paper Scissors at Hotel Du Vin, was addressed with:

2.4.4 acknowledge that under UEFA Regulations, Sevco/Rangers FC is currently ineligible to participate in UEFA Competitions. Subject to their qualification on sporting merit and any dispensation granted by UEFA following representations by Sevco/Rangers FC, the SFA shall nominate Sevco/ Rangers FC for participation in applicable UEFA competitions when they become eligible to do so.

At this juncture we discover that the Continuation Construct might well fly in the corrupt cesspool of Scottish Football but that they could not pass it by the beaks in Syon even under the cover of a strong Swiss cheese.

One wonders what would have occurred if Sevco had won an inaugural  Scottish Cup. Would Campbell Ogilvie have demurred on a £95,000 beano with the follically challenged Chick Young to present toblerones to the UEFA brass? Surely to paraphrase Yuanker it would be the least he could do,

If Charles green took the view that he had been sold a pig in a poke in regard to the ethereal entity’s European  and domestic football debts, he had no comeback

12.1 Sevco and RFC each hereby release each of the SFA, the SPL and the SFL and any of their respective directors, officers, employees and member clubs (past, present or future)
(all and each of them “the Released Parties”) from all claims, whether known or unknown
to each of Sevco and RFC, which each of Sevco and/or RFC has or may have against the Released Parties arising out of or connected, whether directly or indirectly, with (i) theconduct of the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL with regards to or in respect of RFC, Sevcoand/or Rangers FC in connection with this Agreement and the negotiations leading up toit; (ii) the Registration Embargo; and (iii) the granting of and the terms of the obligations,undertakings and the warranties by RFC and/or Sevco in this Agreement (all and each of
them “the Claims”).
12.2 Except with respect to any alleged breach of the obligations on the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL comprised in this Agreement, each of Sevco and RFC hereby undertakes that itshall not, and will procure that its respective directors, associated companies,shareholders, officers and in the case of Sevco those of its directors who are shareholders (in that capacity) and Mr Richard Hughes (as a shareholder) shall not commence, or threaten to commence, any proceedings in any jurisdiction before any court, arbitration or other similar judicial body against the Released Parties (including by way of third party claims in any other action) arising out of or connected, whether directlyor indirectly, with any of the Claims or any other matter addressed in this Agreement.
12.3 Each of Sevco, RFC and/or Rangers FC hereby warrant to the Released Parties that theyare not aware of any basis on which they could make a claim of any nature against all or any of the Released Parties (except with respect to any alleged breach of the obligationson the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL comprised in this Agreement).

What a bunch of chiselling weasels. Not only is this agreement to be kept secret but if it all goes pear-shaped they have a get out of jail free card. They would not want their stitch-up to be discussed in an open court.

On a final note did Sevco receive the titles of the former club or were they always the preserve of the ethereal entity? I wonder what formation the Trading Style favoured. A 4-4-2 with Regan and Doncaster up front? How enterprising.

 

Take a good look at Regan, Doncaster, and Bannatyne as we are going to be seeing a lot more of them in my blogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Draft 6 of 5WA & The Stitch-Up of Scottish Football

In Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Eritrea and The Yemen, there are no readers of The Sitonfence Speakeasy.  Readers from every other country in the world including principalities such as The Vatican regularly read our site. If The Holy See himself has dropped by I apologise for my occasional industrial language. For all my education I am still a shipbuilder’s son.

I welcome The Palestinian Territories to my burgeoning demographic. It may surprise many to note that I am extensively read in Govania despite my focus on the facts. These readers may despise me with an unfathomable fervour but I continue to be eminently readable. Eighteen million hits is no mean feat given that in the beginning I could count my readers on both hands.

I’m more looking forward to tonight’s lunar eclipse than the end of the transfer window as my naked eye does not lie. I approach every piece of news with a healthy cynicism. My previous piece was lifted wholesale by one of my peers but that does not concern me. This is now an established site that is widely read. My contributors and I are opinion formers. It behoves us to stick to the facts.

I have never published a Sitonfence Speakeasy Credo per se, but now is as good a juncture as any to express my incontrovertible beliefs:

1. When Rangers football club ceased to be a common undertaking by four founders and became an incorporated company in 1899, it was given a unique company registration number and became subject to company law. When this company failed to achieve a Creditors Voluntary Agreement it was renamed and is now in the final throes of liquidation. Rangers no longer exists. There is no separation of club from company.

2. The overwhelming majority of journalists in Scotland know the truth and initially published the truth. Due to commercial imperatives and in some cases physical intimidation they have created a Continuation construct to stave off a boycott by the one-eyed bigots who turn up at Ibrox season after season to wade in Fenian blood.

3. Counsel for Charles Green, who bought a basket of assets, has unequivocally asserted that there is no Rangers. It’s a mythical concept like Brigadoon.

4. The odious Stewart Regan of the SFA did everything in his power to cajole chairman to break every rule in the book to shoehorn Sevco Scotland into the top tier of Scottish football. Two 5 Way Agreements were drafted to achieve the desired outcome. At this point Scottish football governance lost all credibility.

5. While Turnbull Hutton stood on the steps outside Hampden to highlight that Regan was essentially blackmailing them to bend to his will, Regan was arranging to transfer the SFA membership of the former Rangers to Charles Green’s newly formed The Rangers Football Club Ltd.

6. As the estimable Mr. Hutton railed against the SFA intimidation, two die-hard Rangers fans viz David Longmuir and Jim Bannatyne, took it upon themselves, with the approval of Regan and Doncaster, to confer all titles won by Rangers to Charles Green’s new club.

7. In gaining a licence to participate in UEFA tournaments in season 2011/2012 parties acting on behalf of Rangers made a number of misrepresentations apropos an outstanding tax liability. As Rangers chose not to pay its social taxes it should have been prohibited from playing in UEFA tournaments. The SFA chose to look the other way and then lied to cover their complicity.

8. Many of the supporters of Charles Green’s new club are drawn from the criminal classes, the Orange Order and Rangers Supporters Club secretaries who advocate a return to excluding Catholics from the payroll.

9. In perpetrating the lie of Continuation in the ‘Going for 55’ marketing slogan the new club became the laughing stock of Scottish football.

10. Seventeen titles won from 1999 – 2012 by the former Rangers are unsound.

11. The conclusions arrived at by a commission chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith are unsound. A new commission should be created to revisit the EBT cheating in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

12. Stewart Regan should play no part in any new commission. He should play no further part in Scottish football governance.

13. The proliferation of betting firms in Scottish football will sow a bitter seed.

14. The majority of Fake News in the Scottish tabloids is created by Jim Traynor at his one man Level 5 PR operation.

15. The state broadcaster BBC Scotland is run by a cabal of high-ranking Freemasons.

16. Police Scotland is run by a cabal of high-ranking Freemasons.

17. Craig Whyte was not the architect of Rangers’ demise. He was the last man holding the parcel when the music stopped.

18. David Cunningham King is a career criminal. Fortunately he is at the end of his rope.

19. Jim Keegan took silk and omitted the disclosure of his three year’s suspension as a company director. 

20. The arrests of Grier, Clark and Whitehouse by Police Scotland were unsound. The seizure of their client privileged information was unlawful. There will be little change out of £20m if their petitions are upheld. Heads must roll.

21. David Murray, who bought Lawrence Marborough’s controlling interest in Rangers with a $1m cash bribe, should be stripped of his title and sent down.

22. Tony Blair is a War Criminal who should stand trial in The Hague.

23. Madeleine McCann was murdered by one or both of her parents.

24. Ched Evans was ‘fitted up’ for a crime he did not commit.

 

Regular readers will be familiar with these themes which I have explored in depth. When reverting to (14) it’s worth noting that having been exposed in his lie apropos Morelos, Yuan-ker Traynor is now trying his luck with a bid from Beijing. Are the Lite supporters with laptops congenitally stupid or alive to the fact that fake news sells?

From my list of 24, number six (6) is worthy of  further consideration. The first question to ask is how did Longmuir and Ménage A Trois Bannatyne get away with it?

 

In the initial drafts of the 5 way agreement Charles Green was asked to surrender 15 titles. They were considered unsound. Yet when the final draft, Draft Six, is presented for signature, this stipulation has been withdrawn.

For those who have not seen the final draft I have reproduced it in its entirety:

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5 Way Agreement as Issued to All Parties for Signature

External Draft 6
AGREEMENT AMONG
SUBJECT TO CONTRACT: DRAFT
(1) THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED(2) THE SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LIMITED(3) THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE(4) THE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB PLC (IN ADMINISTRATION)(5) SEVCO SCOTLAND LIMITED

Contents
Clause PageAGREEMENT AMONG:
(1)
THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED,
a company incorporated inScotland (registered number SC005453) whose registered office is at Hampden Park,Glasgow G42 9AY (the ”
SFA”);

(2)
THE SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LIMITED,
a company incorporated in Scotland(registered number SC175364) whose registered office is at Hampden Park, GlasgowG42 9AY (the ”
SPL”);

(2)
THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE,
an unincorporated association acting through itsBoard having its principal place of business at Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9EB (the”SFL”);

(4)
THE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB PLC (IN ADMINISTRATION),
a companyincorporated in Scotland (registered number SC004276) whose registered office is at Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow G51 2XD (“RFC”), acting through the Joint Administrators (defined below); and

(5)
SEVCO SCOTLAND LIMITED
, a company incorporated in Scotland (registered number SC425159) whose registered office is at Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, GlasgowG51 2XD
(“Sevco”).

RECITALS:
(A) The SFA is a private company limited by guarantee which is the governing body of association football in Scotland whose aim is to promote, foster and develop the game at all levels in Scotland.

(B) The SPL is a private company limited by shares which owns, promotes and operates the”Scottish Premier League”, in which the association football clubs owned and operated by the twelve holders for the time being of the issued shares in the SPL compete.

(C) The SFL is an unincorporated association of thirty members acting through its Board which owns, promotes and operates the “Scottish Football League”, in which the thirty association football clubs owned and operated by its thirty members for the time beingcompete in three divisions (first, second and third).

(D) RFC is a public company limited by shares which (i) is a full member (as defined in theSFA Legislation (as defined below)) of the SFA; (ii) owns one of the twelve issued Shares in the SPL; and (iii) owned and operated an association football club known as “RangersFC” (defined below) which played in the Scottish Premier League during season 2011/12.

(E) Sevco is a private company limited by shares.

(F) Following the completion of a controlled auction process by the Joint Administrators (defined below), Sevco has purchased substantially all the business and assets of RFC by entering into the SPA (defined below).

(G) Sevco will become, following on the transfer to it of the full membership of RFC in the SFA, on Completion (defined below) the operator of Rangers FC within the Third Divisionof the Scottish Football League.

(H) Sevco has applied for and has been admitted as an Associate Member of the SFL(defined below) subject always to Rule 16 of the SFL Rules and during season 2012/13 (at a minimum) shall play in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League.

(I) Dundee FC (defined below) will resign from membership of the SFL, its membership of the SFL will automatically terminate and Dundee FC will have transferred to it by RFC the one Share held by RFC and during season 2012/13 (at a minimum) shall play in theScottish Premier League.

(J) The members of the SFL passed the SFL Resolution (defined below) on 13 July 2012.

(K) The SFA, the SPL, the SFL, RFC and Sevco have between and among each other agreed to give various undertakings and to contract as set out in this Agreement.

IT IS AGREED
as follows:1.
DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
1.1 In this Agreement:
Administrators’ Representative
means any of:

(a) the company by which the Joint Administrators are employed;(b) that company’s directors, employees and / or agents; and(c) any other representatives of the Joint Administrators;”

Appellate Tribunal
” means the appellate tribunal of the JP which ratified the Decision of the First Tier Tribunal on 16 May 2012;

“Application”
means the application for the transfer of the full membership of the SFA(as defined in the SFA Legislation) currently vested in RFC to Sevco;

“Associate Member of the SFL”
means a football club however constituted which is admitted to the Scottish Football League pursuant to Section 2 of the SFL Rules;

“Business Day” means a day on which banks are open for business in London and Glasgow, other than Saturday or Sunday;
“Completion”
means the date on which the last of the following events occurs: (i) theSFA shall have agreed to the transfer of the RFC Membership to Sevco; and (ii) the members of the SPL in general meeting shall have consented to the registration of the transfer of the RFC Share from RFC to Dundee FC;
“CW Exempt Acts”
means all acts and omissions of or undertaken under instruction from or with the actual knowledge of Craig Whyte during the period of his tenure asn Chairman of RFC, the sanctions for which are enforceable against RFC and not against CW as an individual and which are not CW Enduring Acts;
“CW Enduring Acts”
means all acts and omissions of or undertaken under instruction from or with the actual knowledge of Craig Whyte during the period of his tenure as Chairman of RFC, the sanctions for which are enforceable against RFC and not against CW as an individual where such acts or omissions relate to or are in any way connected with, directly or indirectly, corruption, fraud, bribery, match-fixing, unauthorised or undisclosed payments to players or Match Officials, or any matter similar in its reprehensible nature to any of the foregoing which acts or omissions are of at least equal gravity to those found to have been committed by or engaged in by RFC in the JP Determination;

“Dundee FC”
means The Dundee Football Club Limited a company incorporated inScotland (registered number SCO04585) whose registered office is at Dens Park,Sandeman Street, Dundee DD3 7JY;”
Fees
” means any fee payments due to RFC by the SPL in relation to the 2011/12 playing season in terms of Section C of the SPL Rules;”

First Tier Tribunal
” means the first tier tribunal of the JP which delivered a decision in relation to RFC on 23 April 2012;”

Joint Administrators
” means Mr David Whitehouse and Mr Paul Clark of Duff & PhelpsLtd, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London E14 5NR, United Kingdom;

“JP”
means the Judicial Panel formed by the Board of the SFA in accordance with the Articles of Association of the SFA (being part of the SFA Legislation) and operated inaccordance with the JP Protocol;

“JP Determination”
means the findings of fact of the First Tier Tribunal as recorded inthe Note of Reasons dated 30 April 2012.

“JP Protocol”
means the protocol as promulgated by the Board of the SFA in relation tothe JP in accordance with the SFA Legislation from time to time;

League Cup
” means the annual cup competition known as The Scottish Football
League Cup owned and operated by the SFL;

“the Judicial Review”
means the Petition P538/12 for Judicial Review lodged by RFC at the Court of Session, Edinburgh and all related proceedings in respect of the Decision of the First Tier Tribunal of 23 April 2012 as ratified by the Appellate Tribunal;”
Rangers FC
” means an association football club operated by RFC which played in theScottish Premier League during season 2011/12 and previously;”

Registration Embargo
” means the prohibition on RFC, Sevco and Rangers FC fromseeking registration with the SFA of players, the details of which are as set out in theSchedule;

“RFC European Football Creditors

means Chelsea FC, Arsenal Football Club, AS StEtienne, FK Senica, Manchester City Football Club, SK Rapid, US Citta di Palermo SPA and any other football club in membership of a national association other than the SFA,which are owed or which may become owed any sum or sums by RFC;

RFC Membership
” means the full membership of RFC in the SFA;”

RFC Scottish Football Creditors
” means [the SFA, the SPL, the SFL], The Dundee United Football Company Limited, Heart of Midlothian FC PLC, Aberdeen Football Club PLC and any other football club in membership of the SFA, which are owed or which may become owed any sum or sums by RFC;”

RFC Share
” means the one Share in the SPL owned by RFC;”

Schedule
” means the Schedule to this Agreement;

Scottish Football League

means the

association football league competition in three divisions owned and operated by the SFL;

Scottish Premier League

means the

association football league competition owned and operated by the SPL;

Scottish Cup
” means
an annual cup competition known as The Scottish Cup ownedand operated by the SFA;”

SFA Legislation
” means the Articles of Association of the SFA and all statutes,regulations, directives, codes, decisions and the International Match Calendar promulgated by the Board of the SFA, the Professional Game Board of the SFA, the JP,a Committee or Sub Committee of the SFA, FIFA, UEFA or the Court of Arbitration for Sport from time to time (as the context requires);

SFL Board
” means the Board of the SFL appointed under the SFL Rules and having
responsibility for the management of the business of the SFL;”

SFL Player Registrations
” means the SFL player registrations of all players employedby and registered to Sevco immediately after Completion;
SFL Resolution
” means a resolution or resolutions of the members of the SFL
passedon 13th July 2012 in terms approving the admission of Sevco as an Associate Member of the SFL, permitting Dundee FC to cease to be a member of the SFL with immediate effect and to become a shareholder in the SPL and authorising the SFL Board to direct that Rangers FC shall during season 2012/13 (at a minimum) play in the Third Division of the SFL;

SFL Rules
” means the rules contained in the SFL Handbook Season 2011/12 as from time to time amended;”
Share
” means an ordinary share of £1.00 each in the capital of the SPL;”
SPA
” means the asset sale and purchase agreement dated 14 June 2012 entered into between RFC and Sevco under which Sevco has purchased substantially all thebusiness and assets of RFC;

SPL Articles

means the articles of association of the SPL as from time to time amended;”

SPL Player Registrations
” means the SPL player registrations of all players registeredto RFC by the SPL immediately prior to Completion;”

SPL Rules
” means the Rules of the Scottish Premier League as from time to timeamended.

1.2 In this Agreement, unless the context requires otherwise:1.2.1 any reference to the parties, a recital or a clause is to the parties or the relevantrecital or clause to or of this Agreement;1.2.2 the clause headings are included for convenience only and shall not affect theinterpretation of this Agreement;1.2.3 use of the singular includes the plural and vice versa;1.2.4 use of any gender includes the other genders;1.2.5 any reference to ”
persons
” includes individuals, firms, partnerships,companies, corporations, associations, organisations, governments, states,foundations and trusts, in each case whether or not having separate legalpersonality;1.2.6 any reference to the Schedule means the Schedule to this Agreement;1.2.7 any reference to a statute, statutory provision or subordinate legislation(”
legislation
“) shall be construed as referring to that legislation as amendedand in force from time to time and to any legislation which re-enacts or consolidates (with or without modification) any such legislation;

1.2.8 any words introduced by the terms “including”, “include”, “in particular” or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms;1.2.9 any reference to an Agreement includes any form of arrangement, whether or not in writing and whether or not legally binding; and 1.2.10 any reference to an individual includes a reference to his personalrepresentatives, on whom this Agreement shall be binding.

1.3 The recitals and the Schedule form part of this Agreement and shall have effect as if setout in full in the body of this Agreement, and any reference to this Agreement includes therecitals and the Schedule.

1.4 Any undertaking by a party not to do any act or thing includes an undertaking not to allow, cause or assist the doing of that act or thing and to exercise all rights of control over theaffairs of any other person which that party is able to exercise (directly or indirectly) inorder to secure performance of that undertaking.

2.
AGREEMENTS AND UNDERTAKINGS FROM AND WITH RFC AND SEVCO AND COMPLETION RFC and Sevco agreement with the SFA, SPL and SFL and Sevco undertakings tothe SFA, SPL and SFL
2.1 The SPL, Sevco and RFC hereby agree that on Completion Sevco shall, other than withrespect to the CW Exempt Acts, become liable and responsible for the purpose of imposition of sanctions by the SPL for any and all acts and/or omissions of RFC and/or Rangers FC which predated Completion including the CW Enduring Acts and which caused, resulted in, contributed or led to a breach of or failure to fulfil any provision or provisions of the SPL Articles and/or the SPL Rules by RFC and/or Rangers FC as if, for that purpose, such acts and/or omissions had occurred at a time when Sevco was the owner and holder of the RFC Share and Rangers FC had been owned and operated by Sevco and Sevco had been a full member of the SFA.

2.2 The SFA, Sevco and RFC hereby agree that on Completion Sevco shall, other than with respect to the CW Exempt Acts, become liable and responsible for the purpose of imposition of sanctions by the SFA for any and all acts and/or omissions of RFC and/or Rangers FC, including the matters detailed in clause 2.4 and clause 2.5 and the CW Enduring Acts, which predated Completion and which caused, resulted in, contributed or led to a breach of or failure to fulfil any provision or provisions of the SFA Legislation by RFC and/or Rangers FC as if, for that purpose, such acts and/or omissions had occurredat a time when Sevco was a full member of the SFA and Rangers FC had been ownedand operated by Sevco and Sevco had been a full member of the SFA.
RFC and Sevco Undertakings to and Agreements with the SPL
2.3 RFC and Sevco undertake to and agree with the SPL that on and from Completion:
2.3.1 Sevco shall become liable to the RFC Scottish Football Creditors in the sums due to date or which may hereafter become due (but in respect of such sums tobecome due only in relation to (i) outstanding instalments of transfer fees and(ii) sell-on clauses in transfer contracts for which Sevco receives the full or anynpart of the transfer fee and is liable to account to the original club for any sell on entitlement arising) to the RFC Scottish Football Creditors by RFC as if Sevco had always been so liable and Sevco shall from and after Completion pay to each of the RFC Scottish Football Creditors such sums as are or may become due to the RFC Scottish Football Creditors in accordance with the subsisting contractual terms between RFC and each of the RFC Scottish Football Creditors (or such variation thereof as Sevco may hereafter agree with any of them) as if the relevant contractual terms had always been between Sevco and each of the RFC Scottish Football Creditors; and2.3.2 RFC, Sevco and Rangers FC irrevocably renounce, waive, release and discharge any right and/or entitlement to any unpaid Fees and any other sums due or to become due howsoever arising, including without prejudice to the foregoing generality, in respect of or related to season 2011/12 and earlier seasons and whether under and in terms of the SPL Articles and/or SPL Rules or otherwise, by the SPL to RFC, Sevco and/or Rangers FC and hereby agree that the SPL shall retain all such Fees and other sums due to use and apply asthe SPL shall in its sole discretion think fit.
Sevco Undertakings to and Agreements with the SFA
2.4 Sevco irrevocably undertakes to and agrees with the SFA that on (in respect of all monetary obligations) and from (in respect of all other obligations) Completion it shall:2.4.1 be bound by and comply with the SFA Legislation;2.4.2 procure that all directors, managers and office holders of Sevco are fit andproper persons pursuant to Article 10 of the Articles of Association of the SFA(comprised within the SFA Legislation), all as more specifically addressed in the acceptance (if any) of the Application;2.4.3 become liable (i) to the RFC Scottish Football Creditors on the basis set out inclause 2.3.1 and (ii) to the RFC European Football Creditors in the sums due todate or which may hereafter become due (but in respect of such sums to become due only in relation to (i) outstanding instalments of transfer fees and(ii) sell-on clauses in transfer contracts for which Sevco receives the full or anypart of the transfer fee and is liable to account to the original club for any sell onentitlement arising) to the RFC European Football Creditors by RFC as if Sevcohad always been so liable and Sevco shall from and after Completion pay toeach of the RFC European Football Creditors such sums as are or may becomedue to the RFC European Football Creditors in accordance with the subsistingcontractual terms between RFC and each of the RFC European FootballCreditors (or such variation thereof as Sevco may hereafter agree with any of them) as if the relevant contractual terms had always been between Sevco and each of the RFC European Football Creditors and Sevco will indemnify and keep the SFA indemnified against all losses, claims, demands, awards and others suffered by the SFA as a result of any breach of the terms of this clause 2.4.3 by Sevco; and 2.4.4 acknowledge that under UEFA Regulations, Sevco/Rangers FC is currently ineligible to participate in UEFA Competitions. Subject to their qualification on sporting merit and any dispensation granted by UEFA following representations by Sevco/Rangers FC, the SFA shall nominate Sevco/ Rangers FC for participation in applicable UEFA competitions when they become eligible to so participate.
Sevco and RFC Undertakings to the SFA
2.5 Sevco and RFC agree and irrevocably undertake to the SFA as follows (in respect of all monetary obligations, such undertaking to be implemented on Completion):2.5.1 in respect of the decision of the Appellate Tribunal to ratify the decision of theFirst Tier Tribunal
, and the subsequent interlocutor (“the Interlocutor”) of Lord
Glennie dated 29 May 2012 addressed to the Appellate Tribunal: RFC will immediately enter into a joint minute with the SFA, to which Sevco will consent immediately upon presentation, addressed to the said Appellate Tribunal, (i) to provide by agreement that the Appellate Tribunal be empowered by the SFA and RFC, and with the unconditional and irrevocable consent of Sevco, to impose the Registration Embargo; and (ii) for final determination by the Appellate Tribunal that the Registration Embargo be imposed;2.5.2 Sevco and Rangers FC will be bound by and comply with the Registration Embargo which is voluntarily assumed by them on an unconditional and irrevocable basis; 2.5.3 Sevco will make payment to the SFA of the aggregate of (i) the fine of £10,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 2 of the JP Protocol; (ii) the fine of £50,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 14 of the JP Protocol; (iii) thefine of £100,000 imposed on RFC for the breach of Rule 66 of the JP Protocol;and (iv) the fine of £5,000 imposed on RFC for breach of Rule 73 of the JPProtocol, and shall pay the costs incurred by the SFA in relation to the JudicialReview in the sum of £31,063.40; the total sum to be paid to the SFA pursuant to this Clause 2.5.3 will be £196,063.40; and 2.5.4 RFC and Sevco will not seek to enforce the award of costs made in favour of RFC by the Court of Session in relation to the Judicial Review.

Completion
2.6 The SFA, the SPL, RFC and Sevco hereby agree that the transfer of the RFC Membership to Sevco is wholly suspensive and conditional on the transfer of the RFC
Share to Dundee FC being registered by the SPL no later than midnight on 3rd
August2012.
3. UNDERTAKINGS FROM THE SFA
3.1 The SFA will enter into an Agreement to approve the transfer of the RFC Membership to Sevco (“the Application Agreement”) on the same date as this Agreement and shall take whatever steps are necessary to effect such transfer immediately on Completion. The SFA irrevocably undertakes that it will not attach any conditions to the transfer of the RFC Membership other than those set out in this Agreement and the Application Agreement.

3.2 Subject to Completion taking place, the SFA hereby acknowledges and accepts that the transfer of the SPL Player Registrations from the SPL to the SFL, such that they become SFL Player Registrations in accordance with clause 5.2, renders all players in respect of whom such a transfer of registration has taken place, registered with the SFA. Pending Completion and subject to the appropriate dispensation being granted by the SPL inrelation to the SPL Player Registrations, the SFA will treat all players who would be subject to this Clause 3.2 as registered with the SFA.

3.3 Pending Completion, the SFA confirm it has granted Sevco conditional Full Membershipof the SFA to facilitate the playing of matches by Rangers FC for the period until midnighton 3rd
August 2012. In the event that the transfer of the RFC Share to Dundee FC has not been registered by the SPL by that time, then this Agreement will automatically lapse andthe arrangements set out herein will not come into effect;
Sevco’s conditional Full
Membership of the SFA will automatically lapse; and all player registrations held by theSFA will revert to RFC and Sevco’s interest will be cancelled.

4 UNDERTAKING FROM THE SPL
If, and only if, the members of the SPL in General Meeting give approval to theb registration of the transfer of the RFC Share from RFC to Dundee FC pursuant to article 11 of the SPL Articles, the SPL irrevocably undertakes to take whatever steps are necessary to record Dundee FC as the holder of the RFC Share in the registers of members and transfers of the SPL immediately following transfer of the RFC Membershipto Sevco from RFC by the SFA.5.
UNDERTAKINGS FROM THE SFL
5.1 As the members of the SFL in general meeting have given approval to the SFL Resolution resulting in the admission of Sevco as an Associate Member of the SFL and the admission of Rangers FC to play in the Third Division of the Scottish Football League during season 2012/13 (at a minimum), the SFL irrevocably undertakes to take whatever steps are necessary on Completion to record Sevco as an Associate Member of the SFL in substitution for Dundee FC immediately following transfer of the RFC Membership to Sevco from RFC by the SFA and the registration by the SPL of the transfer of the RFCShare to Dundee FC.

5.2 On Completion, the SFL shall accept the transfer of the SPL Player Registrations fromthe SPL to be SFL Player Registrations as if Rangers FC had been relegated from the SPL to the SFL.5.3 On Completion Dundee FC shall cease to be a member of the SFL and Dundee FC shall not be liable for any sanction or liability to the SFL in connection with or arising out of such cessation of membership.

6.
WARRANTIES
6.1 The parties warrant and represent that they each have the necessary power to perform their obligations under this Agreement and all agreements to be entered into by them pursuant to this Agreement (if any).6.2 This Agreement, and any agreements to be entered into by the parties under this Agreement constitutes (or will when executed constitute) binding and enforceableobligations on each party in accordance with their respective terms.

7.
ASSIGNATION
No party may assign or otherwise dispose of any rights under this Agreement including(without limitation) by way of declaration of trust. Any purported assignation in breach of this clause shall be void and confer no rights on the purported assignee.

8.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CONFIDENTIALITY
8.1 Neither RFC nor Sevco may make any disclosure to a third party, press release or public announcement whatsoever about, concerning or relating to this Agreement and/or thetransactions contemplated by it or disclose any of the terms of this Agreement except in terms which do not depart from the terms of a public statement agreed in writing by the parties or with the express prior written consent of all parties to this Agreement.8.2 Clause 8.1 shall not apply to any disclosure made by a party to its professional advisers,or to any announcement or disclosure required by the laws of any relevant jurisdiction or by any competent regulatory or governmental body or securities exchange in any relevant jurisdiction, provided that the party required to make such an announcement or disclosure shall first take all such steps as may be reasonable and practicable in the circumstancesto consult with the other parties, and shall take into account their reasonable comments.8.3 Each party shall ensure that any professional adviser to which it discloses information under clause 8.2 is made aware of the obligations of confidentiality contained in thisclause and complies with this clause as if binding on it directly.

9.
COSTS
Each party shall bear its own costs and expenses in connection with the preparation,negotiation, execution and performance of this Agreement and the documents referred to in it.

10.
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
A person who is not a party to this Agreement has no right under this Agreement except to the extent that each of the RFC Scottish Football Creditors and the RFC EuropeanFootball Creditors are due to be paid a sum or sums by Sevco in terms of this Agreement, each of them may to the extent of the sum or sums due to each of them rely on this Agreement against Sevco. The consent of the RFC Scottish Football Creditors and the RFC European Football Creditors will not be required for any amendment to or variation of this Agreement.

11.
WAIVER
A failure to exercise or delay in exercising a right or remedy provided by this Agreement or by law does not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy. A waiver of abreach of any term of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other breach of this Agreement.

12.
WAIVER OF CLAIMS
12.1 Sevco and RFC each hereby release each of the SFA, the SPL and the SFL and any of their respective directors, officers, employees and member clubs (past, present or future)
(all and each of them “the Released Parties”) from all claims, whether known or unknown
to each of Sevco and RFC, which each of Sevco and/or RFC has or may have against the Released Parties arising out of or connected, whether directly or indirectly, with (i) theconduct of the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL with regards to or in respect of RFC, Sevcoand/or Rangers FC in connection with this Agreement and the negotiations leading up toit; (ii) the Registration Embargo; and (iii) the granting of and the terms of the obligations,undertakings and the warranties by RFC and/or Sevco in this Agreement (all and each of
them “the Claims”).
12.2 Except with respect to any alleged breach of the obligations on the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL comprised in this Agreement, each of Sevco and RFC hereby undertakes that itshall not, and will procure that its respective directors, associated companies,shareholders, officers and in the case of Sevco those of its directors who are shareholders (in that capacity) and Mr Richard Hughes (as a shareholder) shall not commence, or threaten to commence, any proceedings in any jurisdiction before any court, arbitration or other similar judicial body against the Released Parties (including by way of third party claims in any other action) arising out of or connected, whether directlyor indirectly, with any of the Claims or any other matter addressed in this Agreement.

12.3 Each of Sevco, RFC and/or Rangers FC hereby warrant to the Released Parties that theyare not aware of any basis on which they could make a claim of any nature against all or any of the Released Parties (except with respect to any alleged breach of the obligationson the SFA, the SPL and/or the SFL comprised in this Agreement).

13.
ADMINISTRATORS
13.1 It is an essential condition of this Agreement:

13.1.1 that the Joint Administrators contract solely as agents of RFC and neither they
nor any Administrators’ Representative shall incur any personal liability of
whatsoever nature (whether directly or indirectly, express or implied) and howsoever arising including, without prejudice to the foregoing generality,personal liability in respect of any action or actions of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising in pursuance of all other parties’ rights and/or obligations under this Agreement and whether such claim is formulated in contract and/or delict and/or tort and/or restitution or by reference to any other remedy or right,and in whatever jurisdiction or forum;13.1.2 that no claim arising directly or indirectly from this Agreement (or under any deed or other document executed in consequence hereof or on or under any associated or collateral agreement or arrangement) will lie against the Joint
Administrators or any Administrators’ Representative personally and the
Joint
Administrators (or any Administrators’ Representative as relevant) shall be
entitled at any time to have any such deeds, documents or others amended to include an exclusion of personal liability in terms of this Clause 13; and13.1.3 that any personal liability of the Administrators or any which would in terms of the Insolvency Act 1986 arise but for the provisions of this Clause 13 is hereby expressly excluded.13.2 The Joint Administrators have joined in as parties to this Agreement solely for thepurpose of obtaining the benefit of the provisions of this Clause 13 and any other provisions in this Agreement in their favour.13.3 Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute a waiver of any right of the Joint Administrators
or any Administrators’ Representative to be indemnified, or to exercise a lien, whether
under the provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 or otherwise howsoever.

13.4 Nothing in this agreement shall prevent the Joint Administrators using the name “RangersFootball Club” or any other trade name of RFC for the purposes of the performance of their statutory duties.

14.
FURTHER ASSURANCE
At or after Completion, the parties shall at their own cost execute all such documents and do or cause to be done all such other things as another party may from time to time require in order to give full effect to this Agreement.

15.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement and the documents referred to in it together constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersede any previous agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. Each party acknowledges that it is not relying on any pre-contractual statement which is not set out in this Agreement or the documents referred to in it.

16.
GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION
16.1 All the Parties hereto agree that in relation to any proceedings involving RFC initiated after the date of this Agreement the SFA will continue to retain appellate jurisdiction notwithstanding the terms of Article 16.3 of the Articles of Association of the SFA.16.2 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Scotland. Each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Avenue de Beaumont 2, CH-1012 Lausanne inrelation to any claim, dispute or matter arising under or in connection with this Agreement.

17.
NOTICES
Any notice to be given hereunder shall be duly given if:
17.1
delivered personally;17.2 mailed by first class pre-paid mail to the address stated in this Agreement of the party to be served which notices shall be deemed to have arrived in the ordinary course by post; or 17.3
sent by facsimile to the addressee’s n
umber notified to the sender by theaddressee or recorded in any official index of facsimile numbers which noticesshall be deemed to have arrived on the date of transmission if sent not later than one hour before close of business on a Business Day or otherwise on the next Business Day provided that the sender does not within 24 hours after sending such notice receive any indication that the message is incomprehensible.The addresses for service of notices are:
SFA
Address: Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9AYFax number: 0141 616 6001For the attention of the Chief Executive
SPL
Address: Hampden Park Glasgow G42 9DEFax number: 0141 620 4141For the attention of: Company Secretary
SFL

Address: Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9EBFax number: 0141 620 4161For the attention of: the Chief ExecutiveRFC
Fax [
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Sevco
Fax [
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REGISTRATION
The Parties hereto consent to the registration of these presents for preservation and execution.
In Witness Whereof
these present consisting of this and the preceding [

]pages together with the Schedule hereto are executed as followsSubscribed for an on behalf of
THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION LIMITED
at on the day of 2012 by………………………………………… DIRECTOR………………………………………… FULL NAMEBefore this witness………………………………………… Witness…………………………………………Name………………………………………… Address………………………………………… OccupationSubscribed for an on behalf of
THE SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LIMITED
at on the day of 2012 by………………………………………… FULL NAME………………………………………… FULL NAMESubscribed for an on behalf of
THE SCOTTISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
at on the day of 2012 by………………………………………… DIRECTOR………………………………………… FULL NAMEBefore this witness………………………………………… Witness………………………………………… Name………………………………………… Address………………………………………… OccupationSubscribed for an on behalf of

THE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB PLC
(IN ADMINISTRATION)at on the day of 2012 by………………………………………… JOINT ADMINISTRATOR………………………………………… FULL NAMEBefore this witness………………………………………… Witness………………………………………… Name………………………………………… Address………………………………………… OccupationSubscribed for an on behalf of

SEVCO SCOTLAND LIMITED
at on the day of 2012 by………………………………………… DIRECTOR………………………………………… FULL NAME

Before this witness………………………………………… Witness…………………………………………Name………………………………………… Address………………………………………… Occupation

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There are the 27 wins of the Scottish League Cup, since this competition’s inauguration in 1946, to consider. There can be little doubt that these are in the purview of the then SFL.

The Scottish Cup is in the gift of the SFA. Did the SFA sanction the transfer of 33 Scottish Cup titles? If so there must be a paper trail. When will this paper trail be exposed?

The  54 Championship wins are subject to debate. The SFL was inaugurated in 1890. It merged with the SPL to form the SPFL on 13 June, 2013. However the SPL broke away from the SFL in 1998. As can be seen from the final draft, all RFC player registrations were transferred to the SFL to facilitate Sevco Scotland playing in Division Three. Therefore the Championship titles from 1998 were in the gift of the SPL.

When Neil Doncaster met a deputation of fans he asserted that Longmuir and Bannatyne transferred the titles to the new club. He was lying. Doncaster must have been a party to all transfers from 1998.

Regan, Doncaster, Longmuir and Bannatyne are all party to this stitch-up.

As the final draft is a lengthy document and this article has now exceeded 6700 words, I won’t address all the takeaways. I will note that the aforementioned names were keen to be considered as ‘Released Parties’ and insisted that CAS is the only court of appeal other than the SFA.

The SFL undertaking in 5.2 is interesting:

5.2 On Completion, the SFL shall accept the transfer of the SPL Player Registrations from the SPL to be SFL Player Registrations as if Rangers FC had been relegated from the SPL to the SFL.

Here in black and white is an admission that Rangers FC had not been relegated. However there is a reference to owner/operator giving the impression that the ethereal club continues.