Home / Another Cover Up At The SFA: Time For Lawwell To Pick Sides
Those of you who read the Daily Mail will have noticed that reporter Stephen McGowan has drawn attention to yet another member of the SFA refereeing circle with a penchant for making social media posts that could be deemed offensive.
Stephen Brown made the comments on in 2014, and they were spotted, and duly reported to Stewart Regan , the then top man at the SFA, who in turn passed the complaint to John Fleming, head of refereeing after Hugh Dallas was removed , due to his , er, sectarian emails..
According to a drunk fellow i got yapping to in a bar..I really need to cut down on the drinking, there’s been a bit of a cover up…he showed me the email, and the response, and then filled me in on the circumstances..
Brown was taken out of the limelight, and not given any games for a few weeks, while the already tainted refereeing division quietly rode out the storm.
The Scottish FA shirked responsibility for Mr Brown continuing to progress through the ranks of Scottish Refereeing, with only last month he was promoted to the top grading of Scottish Refereeing – Category 1; by blaming an independent panel of issuing a censure on Mr Brown, thus leaving the Scottish FA hands tied;
Several sources have confirmed this not to be the case.
In between gulps of fine ale, our chap tells us what the Scottish FA are saying in that Stephen Brown underwent an “alleged” disciplinary with an “alleged” independent panel as part of the “Judicial Panel Protocol – JPP” for his posts on social media ie Facebook, are completely false!”
” Up until 2017 all disciplinary cases would have been dealt with in house by the Association that the Member was a Member with. That is what is part of your terms as a Member of your Association as laid down in each Association Constitution.
However, Stephen Brown was a Category 2 Development Referee at the time of being reported.
Thus making him a senior listed referee.
Cases of misconduct of a serious nature by senior listed referees would be dealt with exclusively by John Fleming Head of Referees.”
Anyone to be tried by the JPP a notice of complaint has to be served by the Compliance Officer, he/she is duty bound to investigate any complaints received, and if there is a case to answer, a notice of complaint is served and made public.”
“However, for the above to apply, John Fleming had to get the Legal department at the Scottish FA to draft a universal constitution for all 12 Refereeing Association to adopt. This was drafted late 2015 and after many legal challenges was adopted and confirmed by all 12 referee associations in 2017.
Now the constitutions have been adopted by all 12 Associations in Scotland, only minor offences are dealt in house with Referee Associations, more serious cases are referred to the Compliance Officer”
“Refereeing in Scotland is rife with gossip, and the revelation of Mr Brown came as a bolt out the blue, no one had any inclination regarding it.”
“My understanding is that Stewart Regan forwarded the email he received to John Fleming and Fleming informed Mr Brown to remove all his posts from his Facebook and to make it private.
Brown was removed from Refereeing duties in late 2014 for a period of 4 – 6 weeks, where the ScottishFA didn’t give him a referee appointment for his punishment.
Hardly a punishment, more a sort of gardening leave.
The suspicion appears to be that Brown falling on his sword now, probably to appear later in a different role, probably at UEFA if the Dallas precedent is to be used, or indeed, the Campbell Ogilvie one, who oversaw different crimes, then it’s certainly not the end for Brown.
When he quit, Ian Maxwell, the new guy at the SFA , said
it was “ clear that the historic baggage would make it impossible for Brown to take charge of matches involving or with implications for the Old Firm”
I am aware that that one post involved advising kids not to go to Celtic as the coaches there ” previous “, a thinly veiled reference to the historical child abuse cases that have been dealt with in the courts lately.
and if you know your history’ then nobody would let there kids anywhere near Celtic….. eh
Ryan, those celtic coaches have previous with the kids!!!! Sick gilly!
Just as well he never got to referee any of the clubs development matches then…
How much fucking longer do we have to put up with this shit from that organisation ?
Where are the people who are supposed to be defending the club ?
Lawwell has a duty to act in the interests of the shareholders …how can he possibly stand by and allow the authorities in the game to display this kind of disdain towards Celtic, and then proceed to cover it up ?
He’s allowed the SFA to cheat us out of money.
He’s seemingly ignoring the continuous defamation of the club and it’s employees by the members of an organisation that is supposed to govern the game without fear or favour.
Grow a pair, will you. Both of you, in fact.
At least of either of these two say something, the media, McGowan excepted, who has gained a lot of credibility on this story thus far, will be forced to cover it.
Even if, as suspected , they don’t want to.
Because it’s all linked.
Resolution 12, historic child abuse deflection to Celtic Boys Club as the only perpetrator, and several other instances of blatant anti Celtic discrimination are all down to the SFA and their way of running what they consider to be their own “feifdom “..
It’s time to put a stop to this , and don’t give me any of that crap about needing all the clubs onside.
It’s not them who are taking the hit.
And we need to start hitting back.