Doncaster: Behind The Mask
Neil Doncaster, the current head of the SPFL, has been touted by many as a possible successor to the disgraced Stewart Regan, who quit the SFA last month after he finally got fed up of covering for the cabal that runs Scottish football.
The vacancy has been advertised online, and I actually thought of applying for it myself, but as I don’t have a fake tan and my parents are married, I don’t meet the basic criteria for the position.
However, many feel that Doncaster does.
Indeed, having been assured that he acts entirely on behalf of the clubs, i felt that he perhaps deserved a chance.
After his efforts to secure an independent review into the events surrounding the granting of a licence to Rangers back in the days of the original club I was even more convinced, and the rejection by the SFA of this application seemed to show that Scottish football was divided into two camps, with Regan and the SFA one one side, and Doncaster and the clubs, and by extension, the supporters, on the other.
Except, of course, he didn’t get the chance to fool me twice.
and I’ll tell you why..
This email was in response to a supporter who asked him to clarify the Rangers are the same club argument,
For a lot of us, the whole credibilty of Scottish football lies in this simple clarification.
If the new entity are a new entity, as is fairly obvious to any right thinking man or woman, then this must be officially clarified.
Its also important that the shennanigans surrounding the liquidation of the old club are fully detailed and exposed, with those responsible for any wrongdoing punished.
without getting into too much detail on the same club argument, the importance of truth cannot be underestimated where millions of pounds of supporters money is concerned.
No other industry would be allowed to gloss over similar fraud on such a massive scale, why should football be any different?
All we ask is for clarification so that we can, to coin a phrase, move on into shaping a game that is based around sporting integrity.
Doncaster, however, with breathtaking arrogance and a unique and refreshing take on events, replied..
Your email assumes that a Club and the entity with legal personality which owns and controls the Club are one and the same.
Chapter 2: Licence Applicant and Licence
Article 12 – Definition of licence applicant
1 A licence applicant may only be a football club, i.e. a legal entity fully responsible
for a football team participating in national and international competitions which
a) is a registered member of a UEFA member association and/or its affiliated
league (hereinafter: registered member); or
b) has a contractual relationship with a registered member (hereinafter: football
2 The membership and the contractual relationship (if any) must have lasted – at
the start of the licence season – for at least three consecutive years. Any
alteration to the club’s legal form or company structure (including, for example,
changing its headquarters, name or club colours, or transferring stakeholdings
between different clubs) during this period in order to facilitate its qualification on
sporting merit and/or its receipt of a licence to the detriment of the integrity of a
competition is deemed as an interruption of membership or contractual
relationship (if any) within the meaning of this provision.
Perhaps Neil needs to read that again..
Can I suggest that you do read the judgement of Lord Nimmo Smith and the relevant parts of the SPFL Articles and Rules (available at www.spfl.co.uk) and we can then discuss whether a meeting such as the one you propose would be a good use of your time and mine?
Of course, there’s a lot of detail in my responses, but the fundamental question, the one that leaps out at me, is that if Doncaster is, as head of the SPFL, acting in the best interests of all the clubs, does that mean that all the clubs have now accepted that Rangers are the same club, and in the words of Stewart Regan, there’s no point in raking over the coals ?
We are 180 something days since the compliance officer was asked to look into this and other events concerning allegations of corruption, collusion or just plain incompetence in the corridors of power at Hampden.
He’s either doing a really good job if it, and the report is being prepared properly and professionally, or its done and no one wants to publish it.
Either way, the paying customer, you and I, need to know which it is.
Petition– if you haven’t signed this yet, please do. Its to get Celtic to ask the question on our behalf.
For a club to be allowed to cheat the taxman and run up huge debts to other creditors, which might explain why they can’t get a bank account and have resorted to secured loans, and be allowed to carry on as though nothing is wrong, and indeed to be encouraged to do so by those in charge, is fundamentally wrong and shows that football in Scotland is no longer a sport, but a gigantic money making operation where the customer is routinely fleeced year on year on the pretence of paying to see honest competition.
At the moment, there is no evidence to the contrary, and indeed the tone of Doncasters email is that he, and the clubs, are happy for it to be thus.
We’re not going away you know, not until every single one of them involved in the crime and the cover up have been exposed and dealt with.
Its our game, and we are coming to take it back.