Res 12 : Broadfoot, Conn and the Compliance Officer

Whilst not going anywhere near far enough into looking into the events surrounding the granting of a licence to Rangers which allowed them to compete in the UEFA Champions League back in 2011, at least the SFA are asking their compliance officer to look into it.

Lets hope he doesn’t miss anything.

Lets hope he can find that letter from HMRC that clears everything up…

You know, this one… cited in a Guardian article by David Conn on august 5, 2016;

The argument is that in breach of Uefa rules against clubs having overdue tax payable, Rangers owed £2.8m on a discounted options scheme following a successful HMRC challenge known as the “wee tax case”.

The SFA is adamant its committee which considered the licence dealt with the issue thoroughly and received the necessary evidence the tax was not overdue according to Uefa rules. One informed source involved with the issue at the time, who did not want to speak publicly owing to continuing criminal proceedings against Whyte arising out of his tenure at Rangers, said that at the initial deadline, 31 March 2011, HMRC had agreed that the £2.8m did not need to be paid until after his May 2011 takeover.

Before subsequent 30 June and 30 September deadlines, Rangers, by then owned by Whyte, are understood to have told the SFA they were in discussions with HMRC over the money owed. Uefa rules allow tax not to be treated as “overdue” where there is a written agreement with the tax authority for payment to be extended.

The SFA, although declining to disclose details of the documentation it received, citing confidentiality with its member clubs, told the Guardian via a spokesperson: “The Scottish FA has always been clear the licensing award issued to Rangers in 2011 by the licensing committee was correct. The process is audited on an annual basis by Uefa.”

Uefa, pressed on the issue again recently, said: “The licence for the 2011-12 season was granted by the SFA and there was no reason for Uefa to doubt this decision.” 

No one seems bothered by who at UEFA said this.

I am.

And also who at the SFA cleared the application.

Again, I am.

Uefa has said it has no need to investigate further if the tax was in fact overdue according to its definition, because after that season, Rangers’ fate anyway equated to a sanction for breach of the rules: they could not play in European competition for the following three years. HMRC, taking a stern view of clubs defaulting on tax, declined to approve a company voluntary arrangement with creditors and Rangers went into liquidation. The assets bought via a new company, Sevco Scotland Limited, Rangers were not accepted into the SPL, and the SFL insisted the club had to start from the bottom, in the third division.

That informed source…one wonders who it could be..

And if the SFA do have this unpublished communication, why bother investigating ?

Why not just publish ?

Surely Conn  himself would have asked to see it, to verify its existence before going on to claim its existence ?

Isn’t that what journalists do, even if they work for the paper which pulled the initial Resolution 12 advert, for whatever reason they felt was fit ?

I bet I’m worrying about nothing and the Guardian are about to run an exclusive from Conn that clears the whole thing up….and dismisses any ravings from the Resolution 12 guys that there were any sort of shennanigans at all…

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Lets tie that in with the source who gave Grant Russell the Traverso (UEFA ) letter which stated that as a new club “rangers ” couldn’t compete in Europe anyway, and  punishment for them was inappropriate.

Russell, as we know, published a slightly different version of that letter, claiming he received it direct from Traverso as a result of his questions on the issue.

Which, again, as we know, is bollocks. Otherwise he would have reminded us of that correspondence.

Who told Conn about the unpublished HMRC letter that absolves the SFA of any wrongdoing ?

Conn must be surprised that the SFA are investigating something that they told him was all tickety boo, and will no doubt come out and remind his readers, and the rest of us, that he was assured there was nothing to worry about.

Whats the point of having these connections in high places if all they do is ingest laxatives and stand over you with their legs wide apart ?

Surely when he was asked by the Offshore Game to verify his story, then he would have backed it up ?

And perhaps,as the Offshore Game pointed out in November 2016, even forward this information to the Nimmo smith commission, where it appears not to have been considered..

Following the publication of the Offshore Game report earlier this year the SFA told David Conn  that the federation was well aware of the ‘Wee Tax Case’ and was in fact in possession of further documentation that showed that the club had been given time to pay by HMRC, which meant that the club would be allowed to play in Europe under UEFA rules (that explanation in itself is suspicious, given further evidence available to the report writers, but is not the subject of this article).

The problem was that in the end, Rangers never did pay, and HMRC pursued the club for repayment through the courts, which was a significant cause of the club’s later bankruptcy proceedings which triggered the Nimmo Smith commission.

This raises the question, if the SFA knew all about the “Wee Tax Case”, and in fact had even more documentation about it than anyone else has seen, why did they not alert the Nimmo Smith commission to this?

 

Daryl Broadfoot was director of Communications at the time, and its logical to assume he was, er, directing communications.

Hey, there’s another thing-given that the SFA received a copy of the Traverso letter, why didn’t Broadfoot put Russell right on a few things ?

Such as the contents of the letter ?

Or did he give him the edited version that appeared in the STV report which “finally put the new club myth to bed ” (paraphrasing ) .

In January 2017, Daryl Broadfoot announced he was leaving the SFA, just a few  months after the Conn article.

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Thankfully, he’s back on the scene now, working in PR.

One image he could work on is his own, and maybe lend a hand to David Conn, who could do with a wee credibility boost.

All they have to do is dig out that letter….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brencelt
3 years ago

Batten down the hatches, there’s a shit storm coming.

D'Fhinnein Mick
3 years ago

Morning,Ralph.

I’d always found Conn to be a fairly impressive sports journalist,particularly when he got a sniff of something smelly and needing investigation. I’m pretty sure he is one of the journalists who have been fully appraised of events by Res 12 team.

Turns out he’s just another Vaseline tiger.

Four-Four-Two is another one which has been found wanting,despite building a reputation early on for excellent reportage.

It seems we’re on our own here,barring the CAS. And frankly,I’m no longer so confident about that.

Great article,btw. Well done,mate.

bawsman
3 years ago

Tick Tock @DarrylBroadfoot

henkesdreadlocks
3 years ago

Off subject, but still a laugh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8oaboJe22Y

Cartvale88
3 years ago

Sounds like a couple of neds
They are deid, the current shower are worse than magic hats, the media are in denial and will print any lie about the zombies.
Tthey muppets do not get it, that the whole operation as operated under ongoing lies ‘ floating pitch s, casino’s’ . This mob are stil printing garbage spewed out which they accept at face value.

jimmybee
3 years ago

Great article Ralph.
For me the only way to finish it once and for all is for us the Celtic supporters to say no more.
We will not go to away games,cup games or support the national team.
Celtic should without fear,call on our supporters to boycott all away and cup fixtures no matter how hard that will be for our fans. Do not accept tickets for the semi finals or finals,
We should also withdraw our players from the national team, and give the worlds media the reason to get their arse upto Scotland to find out why a club as famous as Celtic is taking such drastic action. Only then will the truth be fed out.
Enough is enough.
We continue to feed the lie by attending matches in Scotland, the time for action is now,when we are the dominant force.
All out I say.

Weered
3 years ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee… Absolutely correct in your assertions and your conclusions… Hit them where it hurts.

Surely everyone wants a fair and equitable solution to all of this.
Only then can Scottish football hope be taken seriously.
…especially by the Scottish footballing public, regardless of their colours

Stevie D
3 years ago

Spot on Jimmybee. I’ve already withdrawn from the Home Cup Ticket Scheme and won’t go to another domestic away fixture till we get this satisfactorily resolved. If more did this outsiders looking in might start asking why.

jimmybee
3 years ago
Reply to  Stevie D

I did the same m8

Rebus67
3 years ago

Good article. Did you approach Mr Conn directly for his input/reply? I have zero hope that the investigation by the compliance officer will yield anything. It is a PR exercise to show due dilengence has been applied.

The only hope of anything meaningful emerging is if all events are investigated by an external body. Normally you would expect the media to initiate this but that is not going to happen. Another possibility is that someone in the know breaks ranks, possibly due to fear of criminal prosecution. Again, since there are no pending trials, I think this is unlikely..

Not sure that protests by Celtic fans would be effective. Firstly, it would be only partial, and, secondly, it would be seen as a Celtic thing only.

Sorry to be so uninspired but I think that is the reality. Who can initiate some action from the UEFA court that considers such matters……only FAs or clubs?

Rebus

BroxburnBhoy
3 years ago

Good review of the situation Ralph. The very fact that there are various different versions of alledged letters and timetables are enough to tell the world that something in this story is amiss. There can be only two ways that the deaceased Oldco got a license given the timetable. That they purposely duped the SFA and got it (pretty serious breach if true ) or the SFA colluded with them in full knowledge to try and save them from
Liquidation ( an even more serious breach ). Either way those sitting at the Oldco table, SFA and Sports editors at the time, all have everything to loose here if the truth comes out. Hence the desperate wriggling, half truths and failure to produce documents. A full independent inquiry is required to clear all of this up and reconstitute Scottish Football Governance. I would have thought UEFA would be interested and alas they have done the Pontious Pilot act although they did burst the continuity myth in doing so.

Rebus67
3 years ago

To follow-up on my last comments………the best option is for Celtic to get out of the SPL completely. I know this is not easy but it needs to be explored. The EPL is the pot of gold but that door seems shut. Finding like minded clubs who are stiffled by their small leagues is a radical alternative, requiring innovation from UEFA. Starting in League 1 in England should also be considered, provided such an option would yield unfettered promotion through the leagues. However, sadly large attendances are less of an attraction than they used to be due to TV money.

Changing leagues would solve two problems not just one. It would get us into a more competitive environment and away from the corrupt practices that favour one club.
I suppose the Irish league has been considered as an escape route from the corruption. Would we really be that worse off playing there? Yes, I know it smacks of desparation but all options should be considered.

Rebus

Auldheid
3 years ago

Rebus

Rebus

It is a Celtic thing only and as such could be taken, if Celtic wished to do, so to UEFA, who did not rule out that being done when Res12 lawyers asked further questions last year.

It IS a serious matter and cannot be easily dismissed. https://www.sfm.scot/the-vice-closes/?cid=161481

All that is required is that SFA manage to provide a sufficiently acceptable explanation for not doing so, that Celtic in turn can pass on to shareholders at the AGM.

rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  Auldheid

Auldheid,
I respect the efforts that you and the others put in to the Res12 issue. Do not doubt that. Let me clarify what I said above. I do not think this is only a Celtic matter….other clubs were disadvantaged by the issuing of the licence. In fact, the longstanding SFA preference for one club seriously damaged all clubs in the first/premier divisions. The combination of this preference plus the influence of the bank on other clubs, IMHO, operated to benefit of that one club. Other clubs should be interested in this matter and should look for a cleaning of the house. To date, there has been little public response to the issue. I believe that Regan has even said that the matter is a west of Scotland issue.
Celtic have the option of going to UEFA but it would be much more effective if they went supported by other clubs….all of whom are concerned with how the SFA applies its own rules, and on how the SFA conforms to those of UEFA.
Further, I do think the licence issue is a very serious matter but it is only one example of the actions of a moribund organisation. Whether it is the single brick that will cause the dam to burst remains to be seen, but given the Scottish environment, I doubt that any internal investigation will yield positive change. It needs external eyes looking into the whole mess. The English media, UEFA can provide those eyes but it will require a coordinated, concerted effort for them to do so. Personally, the last few years have tainted my enjoyment of Scottish football. I wonder if I am watching a rigged game.

Apart from all of the shenigans from the SFA, I believe that it is not an effective organisation. In addition to lacking accountability and transparency, it lacks foresight and innovation. The combination of these failings are contributing to the decline of our game. Back in the sixties and early seventies our clubs could put up reasonable performances in Europe. Think Dundee United, Dundee, Dunfermline, Hibs and Hearts. They had managers who were innovative and hence competitive. Now survival is their focus.
Rebus

CarlJungleBhoy
3 years ago

IF there was nothing to hide then surely an independent review would prove it and also show that the SFA were right all along? – Which would be a massive PR coup for them and would put the entire #Res12 issue to bed. The fact they’ve responded to P.L’s written request with a miasma of mendacity and obfuscation, rather than the transparency this demands, says all you need to know. Time this corrupt circus tent of cowards, connivers and clowns ( not to mention cunts 🙂 ) was pulled down and rolled away for good.

jpm 88
3 years ago

Fantastic work being done by e-tims , Auldheid and the other Res12 guys and many others to fight this corruption .
To my mind their/our biggest obstacle is the lack of oxygen of publicity .
The mantra is “close discussion down” / “move on” etc etc.
It could even be argued that our current success is being used against us i.e. “things have never been better ” ” these are great times to be a tim” .
In other words the “now” success taking a lot of fans eyes “of the ball” with regards to the “past” and “future” cheating.
Whilst it IS a great time to be a tim , we should not forget the fans / loved ones / friends who are no longer here to enjoy these times ; but were here to suffer from the cheating years.
We should also think of the fans who are either too young , or are not here yet to enjoy these times , but could be around to suffer from future cheating .
Whilst enjoying these times ourselves , we should redouble our efforts to expose the cheating years , in the name of those now gone and those still to come.
With this in mind I believe it may be time for the fans to make the hard sacrifice of boycotting away games .
Imagine some of these away grounds , on TV , with empty “Celtic” stands.
Imagine Celtic and Hibs walking out to a half empty Hampden ( even better fully empty if Hibs fans joined us); there’s the oxygen of publicity we need .

rebus67
3 years ago

Auldheid,
I respect the efforts that you and the others put in to the Res12 issue. Do not doubt that. Let me clarify what I said above. I do not think this is only a Celtic matter….other clubs were disadvantaged by the issuing of the licence. In fact, the longstanding SFA preference for one club seriously damaged all clubs in the first/premier divisions. The combination of this preference plus the influence of the bank on other clubs, IMHO, operated to benefit of that one club. Other clubs should be interested in this matter and should look for a cleaning of the house. To date, there has been little public response to the issue. I believe that Regan has even said that the matter is a west of Scotland issue.
Celtic have the option of going to UEFA but it would be much more effective if they went supported by other clubs….all of whom are concerned with how the SFA applies its own rules, and on how the SFA conforms to those of UEFA.
Further, I do think the licence issue is a very serious matter but it is only one example of the actions of a moribund organisation. Whether it is the single brick that will cause the dam to burst remains to be seen, but given the Scottish environment, I doubt that any internal investigation will yield positive change. It needs external eyes looking into the whole mess. The English media, UEFA can provide those eyes but it will require a coordinated, concerted effort for them to do so. Personally, the last few years have tainted my enjoyment of Scottish football. I wonder if I am watching a rigged game.

Apart from all of the shenigans from the SFA, I believe that it is not an effective organisation. In addition to lacking accountability and transparency, it lacks foresight and innovation. The combination of these failings are contributing to the decline of our game. Back in the sixties and early seventies our clubs could put up reasonable performances in Europe. Think Dundee United, Dundee, Dunfermline, Hibs and Hearts. They had managers who were innovative and hence competitive. Now survival is their focus.
Rebus

rebus67
3 years ago

Response to Auldheid gone awol. It is a long one. Can anyone find it?

Rebus

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  rebus67

Rebus would,when sober…..

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Someone put up a clip of the Brit Army and sheep(tax paying ones) for those who have gone missing……Kleenex……Going for 7!

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Congratulations to the Celtic fan,in full colours,who left a wreath at the memorial to the Ibrox Disaster.Apparently,he does it every time he visits.Well done,you’re a credit to Our Club.Even the fans of “so called” have praised him in large numbers.Sharing is Caring….

Rebus67
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Rob,

Glad to hear about that

Thank you,

Rebus

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago
Reply to  Rebus67

No problem,apparently the same guy attends every Jan Memorial Day in full colours with a glengarry and doesn’t get any hassle at all.A nice touch amongst the madness.HH

D'FINNEIN MICK
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Agreed,mate. A wonderful,humane gesture.

BJF
3 years ago

Ralph good analytical article thank you, also good tongearcaboutbthevCektic Dan showing respect for the victims of the Ibrox disaster, an old friend, a workmates even a relative or just a decent well brought up person with tons of humanity.
I think Rebus is right, after 10 in a row should Celtic not seek pastures new? Unfortunately there is too little honesty at the heart of Scottish football and media.

Just a little bit of a lighter note go and look at the pictures of Pedro and Scott Briwn from the pitch angle, you know you
want to, Does Leigh Griffiths shove Pedro out of
the way? Paddy carefully walks around the rammy but Leigh just barges through, good man Leigh Griffiths.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Ross County sack management team,careful Pedro…..

Monti
3 years ago

Looking forward to seeing Derk Boerrigter compete at the INVICTUS games…..

Auldheid
3 years ago

Rebus

Correct all clubs down the table to 4th or fifth were affected and their shareholders had they thought of share value and had a structure like Celtic PLC might have done the same.

They didn’t but my point is Celtic did not and do not need support of other clubs to take matters forward as they did when seeking an SPFL/SFA enquiry.

If SFA do not carry out a proper investigation Celtic have every right to take issue to UEFA who take a very dim view of clubs mispreresenting their position to obtain a UEFA Licence.

The media can hardly blame Celtic for doing so if there is clear evidence of misrepresentation and some of the key players are still in the game.

Rob O'Keeffe
3 years ago

Good news,if collated.PSG could get the heave ho after complaints from Real Madrid,Bayern Munich and Juventus.PSG were told to sell 8 players and only sold 2,to comply with FFP regs.PSG play Bayern next,so hope for a “win” for PSG and wait for the fall out……

Monti
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob O'Keeffe

Real Madrid & Juventus have a cheek to moan about any side!

Monti
3 years ago

Auldheid,
What do you think the Celtic boards next move will be on this, publicly at least, there seems little desire from other clubs to see justice done?

Auldheid
3 years ago

Monti

No idea but it will depend on the plausibility and acceptability of whatever the SFA say they have found, for that has to be put to Celtic shareholders at AGM.

It will also depend on whether or not Celtic choose to take into account the SFA behaviour in dealing with them and shareholders representatives from 2011 as acceptable from a national association given UEFA FFP Article 5 particularly e and f.

Article 5 – Responsibilities (of SFA)

1 The licensor is a UEFA member association and governs the club licensing system.

2 Under certain conditions as set out in Annex II, a UEFA member association may delegate the club licensing system to its affiliated league. Vis-à-vis UEFA, the UEFA member association remains liable and responsible for the proper
implementation of the club licensing system, regardless of whether there is delegation or not.

3 The licensor must ensure that all applicable provisions defined in part II of these regulations are integrated into national club licensing regulations, which must be
submitted in one of the UEFA official languages to the UEFA administration for review according to the procedure defined in Annex III.

4 In particular the licensor must:

a) establish an appropriate licensing administration as defined in Article 6;

b) establish at least two decision-making bodies as defined in Article 7;

c) set up a catalogue of sanctions as defined in Article 8;

d) define the core process as defined in Article 9;

e) assess the documentation submitted by the clubs, consider whether this is appropriate and determine whether each criterion has been met and what further information, if any, is needed in accordance with Article 10;

f) ensure equal treatment of all clubs applying for a licence and guarantee the clubs full confidentiality with regard to all information provided during the
licensing process as defined in Article 11;

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