Celtic Diary Friday February 7: Lawwell’s Letter-The Reasons Why ?

Well, would you look at that…who’s rattled his cage ?

Dear Sir/Madam

On behalf of Celtic Football Club, I wish to lodge an official complaint in respect of an interview with the footballer, Alfredo Morelos, which was broadcast on all Sky platforms on Monday 3 February.

Mr Morelos spoke in Spanish and sub-titles were provided. It is our contention that the presentation of this interview was grossly and irresponsibly misleading due to the wildly inaccurate and tendentious translation which was provided in the sub-titles.

The effect and, we believe, purpose of this misrepresentation was to broadcast offensive and incendiary allegations against Celtic Football Club and its supporters, by attempting to attribute these – quite unfairly – to Mr Morelos. It is difficult to think of a more irresponsible piece of “sporting journalism”.

Celtic Football Club has issued a statement on the subject which is attached for your convenience.  We understand that the interview is no longer available through Sky Television which is, in itself, recognition of its deficiencies. On the basis of the inaccurate translation, highly damaging and wholly inaccurate stories were briefed to the press.

I am therefore asking Ofcom to conduct an investigation in order to answer the following questions:

1     Who was responsible for the inaccurate translation?

2     What steps were taken by Sky Television to ascertain the accuracy, or otherwise, of the translation provided?

3     What part did Sky Television play in briefing the story, based on the inaccurate translation, to the wider media?

We believe this is a matter of substantial public interest for the following reasons:

1.   Issues of racism and sectarianism are far too important to be manipulated in this way by any broadcaster or third party.

2.   The use of mis-translation to convey false meaning is a dangerous form of “fake news” which must be condemned and sanctioned.

3.   Mr Morelos has been seriously misrepresented and is deserving of apology and explanation. 

I look forward to your early response.

Yours faithfully

Peter Lawwell  
Chief Executive
Celtic plc

 

 

Celtic PLC….maybe there’s a clue right there.

We hear that we may have new owners in about eighteen months time…sooner if the SFA get their way and cancel ten in a row.

Some time ago in a diary probably best forgotten we mentioned the Glazers, who had apparently expressed an interest in knackering our carefully crafted financial model by buying the place,probably with our money, so this latest development is more than interesting.

If we hear anything else, we’ll let you know, but don’t lose any sleep over it because it’s probably bollocks.

But then again, given the splendid inertia practised by the Celtic board over such issues as Resolution 12, new clubs pretending they’re old clubs, refereeing mistakes, supporter arrests and anything else you care to mention, the sudden swipe at Sky TV is as weird as it is welcome.

So when Lawwell has a pop at them for allegations of racism towards supporters when our own chairman is on record as doing exactly the same, there has to be a reason.

We can’t have the brand being disrespected, now, can we ?

Whilst supporters , in the main, were glad to see Lawwell challenge the image of Celtic fans portrayed by Sky TV some of us were looking behind the headlines, and frankly it’s the boards own fault for losing our trust in the first place.

 

As for Skygate itself, we have heard that all is not what it seems when it comes to responsibility for the botched broadcast and translation of the Alfredo Morelos interview, and there may be something to come on that matter soon.

 

Poor Alfredo.

He hasn’t scored for months on the field, and any attempts to do so off the field are being monitored by a guy allegedly employed by his wife to see exactly where the balls are ending up, and then his clubs PR department use him to attack Celtic fans.

To the point where Celtic’s CEO is demanding an apology from a television company on his behalf while his own club appear to have abandoned him.

Surely he hasn’t upset them by refusing to move to Hull or Watford or London’s outer ring when they’ve told him it was a straight fight between Liverpool, Barcelona and Turin…?

Anyway, we all wish him all the best…

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In the meantime, those of you who still subscribe to Sky Tv can ring this number… 03300 413 019…and tell them you no longer wish to subscribe, and tell them exactly why.

The more that do so the more they will look into what appears to be an undue influence on their Scottish football output.

And if we’re really lucky, they will decide we’re not worth it and drop Scottish football altogether, leaving the way open for BT Sport to make a comeback, which at least will provide employment for Michael Stewart,himself the victim of undue influence in the media.

Stewart pointed out a few home truths about James Traynor, the oversized overinfluence in Scottish sports media, and as a result has been suspended by Radio Scotland, who have bravely bent over backwards to the Fat Controller, who has clearly had a moan about being portrayed as a “dangerous ” man on a recent phone in.

The BBC presenter, the rather lily livered Kenny McIntyre, claimed that as Traynor wasn’t there to defend himself, such a statement was out of order.

As the phone in is largely about opinions, one can only wonder at the size of the studio for upcoming shows as if anyone says anything about anyone they will have to be on hand to say their piece as well.

 

Of course, there is no sign of the Fat Controller appearing anywhere to debate or deny any allegations against him, in which case we must consider that he has no defence, and it’s difficult to see why the BBC didn’t simply point that out to their audience and staunchly defend their man’s right to his opinion.

 

It’s especially odd as they’re usually so staunch and loyal about everything else.

Speaking of staunch and loyal defences, why haven’t “rangers ” come out and had a go at Sky as well ? He’s their player,and one would have thought they’d have been furious about how he’s been done up like a kipper, for want of a better phrase.

They’re usually handy with the crayon when it comes to statements…and with Morelos their most signifcant asset, it’s odd that they haven’t come out swinging on his behalf.

Surely they didn’t sanction it ?

 

Standing on the outside looking in, however, one cannot help but get the feeling there’s something big in the pipeline, and in all honesty it’s giving me the fear.

 

And I’ll tell you for why….on the field, it looks like “rangers ” are not going to be able to stop Celtic winning nine successive titles, becoming the first team to do it twice.

The main opposition, or at least it is this season, have shot their bolt financially and will be in no position to mount a challenge to stop Celtic winning the tenth, which will wipe out the achievements of the now defunct original Rangers.

My guess is that there will be an attempt to suspend Scottish football next season, probably because of financial malpractice, or even the SFA falling on their swords before, during or after some kind of UEFA investigation, probably surrounding the Resolution 12 issue.

Sound paranoid ?

It probably is, but then again ,history has proved we were not paranoid enough at one time.

 

Away from that cheering thought, there has to be a word of praise for the performance at Motherwell the other night.

 

Lazio apart, that was the best game of the season for me, and credit has to go to Motherwell as well for that. It could have been a seven goal thriller, but Fraser Forster wouldn’t let them score any.

They also got into the Tifo spirit at Fir Park, with an amusing effort of their own, and in a sense that kind of added to the occasion..

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One Motherwell fan deserves praise for his own efforts to help create an atmosphere

https://twitter.com/i/status/1225166121575374849

 

We had a couple of great goals, a number of great performances and a team effort that sets us up quite nicely for the rest of the season, both at home and in Europe.

There’s a buzz about the place,as Paul McStay used to say, and perhaps we can relax a wee bit now and enjoy what promises to be the season it promised to be.

 

We take a break from league action this weekend, as it’s Scottish cup weekend.

Celtic will play Clyde at Broadwood, which gives me an excuse to quote from a match report from the last time the Hoops were in action there, and of course,we all know what happened that day.

January 2006..from Kerrydale Street.co.uk, when I used to document our trips to the football… this is an excerpt from my thoughts and actions that day…we had stopped at Edinburgh for breaksfast, as our navigator was convinced it was a short cut between Stoke and Cumbernauld…

12noon A quick run down the M8, and we are in Cumbernauld. The ground is easy to find, and we park in the school playground, being charged two pounds for the privilige. Incredibly, when i ask for ten bob each, no-one has any change.

The ground is still hard from the overnight frost, which at least is better than walking through the boggy wasteland that surrounds the ground. (The field, that is. Not cumbernauld.) There is a crowd outside the main entrance, and like children we await the arrival of the teams. Teeboo, (our navigator and CSC president )  in particular, is gutted when we are told they are already in.

We make our way to the stand behind the goal, with the low winter sunshine dazzling us so much that it is difficult to see our way.

I’d like to record that I said I hoped we weren’t playing into that in the first half, but I didn’t, so I won’t. 

Outside the ground, a BBC man is interviewing fans.
“Go on,” urges Teeboo,”You like that sort of thing”
We hear the interviewer ask for a song, and the guys being interviewed give a quick “Hail, Hail.”
“What’ll we sing?” asks Teeboo
I pause.
“You can stick your decomission up your…”
We collapse giggling, and the interviewer, rightly, ignores us. 

Into the ground, and as the team warms up, its fun to watch the cameramen running after new signing Roy Keane, who is realising his boyhood ambition of playing for a big club, as opposed to a big marketing operation.

1pm 
The game starts, and every time a Celtic player has possession, all the Clyde players run toward him and take it off him. In possession, Clyde just run at us until they score. however, the first couple of times they do this, the referee, obviously blinded by the sun, didn’t see it, and ruled the goals out. 

Despite these early scares, Clyde score two good goals, and also miss a penalty. 

Teeboo, who had sang-to the pink panther tune- doo wee, doo wee do wee do wee do do weee, changes to
do wee diddy diddy dum diddy do. ( I remember now-Du Wei made his debut ) 

2pm The second half begins, and Celtic make a major change to their style by shooting toward the other goal. Well, trying to. Its getting desperate, and the worst thing was that you couldn’t see how we would score. We did eventually, but it did no good. i spent the last few minutes staring at my shoes, easily the highlight of the game.

3pm The treble, so much almost expected,is gone. Dashed on the frozen sun kissed field by a team of players who really wanted to beat us. Simple as that. we couldn’t cope with their youthful enthusiasm.

Back to the car and home. My sisters husband, (they live nearby) aphones and asks if we would like sunday dinner. As he is of the realms of mordor, and won’t stop laughing, we decline.

It was quiet all the way back, with no real need for an inquest. Or talk.
One guy  says that we missed Balde.
In fact we missed everything we aimed at. Worst game i ever saw.  

 

I mention this because the Sun will be low in the sky again, it will be frosty again, and that really was an aid to Clyde that day.

We need to bear that in mind this weekend.

 

And yes, I really did sing “You can stick your decommission up yer arse ”  to a Sky reporter asking for a song.

 

Caption competition from Wednesday…

 

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Caption… FFS look what ye made me do….

I said… find the biting point of the clutch…
NOT THE FUCKING CROTCH…

 

today…

 

 

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Mike
1 year ago

Conspiracy theories and mumbo jumbo, its never a dull moment if you are a Celtic supporter. Next thing Taboo will make his top hat appearance, snakes will appear, oops too late the Fat Controller is hear already. As long as “Taboo” wears his wind-cheater as well, because Storm Ciara, is building up to knock the wind into our sails. As sergeant Mike once said “lets be careful out there”. KTF.

Southside Bhoy
1 year ago

Caption:
Orange Order rehearse new camouflage technique for dealing with line breakers (weather simulation for July also included)

highseastim
1 year ago
Reply to  Southside Bhoy

That’s my “straight to the point” complaint away to the BBC regarding the dropping of Michael Stewart from Sportscene!! Get intae them.

Monti
1 year ago

Caption: Monti clears the entrance to the Jeremy Kyle show building, as Una arrives early to ensure a front row seat.

1 year ago

Ralph… Thank you for recognising a genius at work 🙂

I’m back… Firing on all cylinders…

Im now well recovered from my bout of depression and coming down off my meds.

Many thanks for all the positivity and words of encouragement from my Etims friends. HAIL HAIL TO YOU ALL 🙂

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

WEERED

Sorry to hear that you suffer from this,mate. Total bastert when it gets you. I don’t take medication for it,as I try to spot the onset signals early enough. Which is easier said than done.

HH.

1 year ago

Mick…. With me I don’t recognise the warning signs until it is too late. Perhaps hiding it away as do most men, live in denial of such things.

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

C S… I assume that oil is slightly hooky

1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

CS. I’LL GOOGLE IT

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

That’s good to hear, Weered and I hope ‘The Reds’ have a great season. Already won one trophy, I think. 🙂
Just a bit confused though; when did Ralph see me and how does he know where I work?
FC not PLC
HH

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Weered

Weered,
Side by side comrade!

Bognorbhoy
1 year ago

Caption…

Woman prepares to do the slosh ..sorry I mean the slush

Man in Denial
1 year ago

Caption

As a young lady hastily makes her departure, a Private Investigator sweeps up evidence of considerable cocaine abuse

Whitearra
1 year ago

Caption : ‘Celtic supporting groundsman outside Hampden going to have a quick word with the Compliance Officer’.

Mike
1 year ago

Sides lining up, stances being taken and all eyes are on the cheats. David Low enters the fray, Auldheid plays his part. Michael Stewart says his piece, Sky and Traynor is put under pressure. The battle of 2012 continues, the battle for the soul of Scottish football. This is a battle that must be won. A club spends a ludicrous amount of money to match the Lions and big Jock’s achievement to win the European Cup. It cheats the taxman (us) and dies. The SFA and ALL the clubs sign a cheats charter (5way) and now Scottish football is in the gutter. Its time to clean it up, the Morelos story is for their survival, its their only chance to survive and we are taken for mugs. The SFA- and the clubs should all hold their heads in shame. # Expose the cheats.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

MIKE

For too long,the SMSM have been beholden to the slug thug. Get him out of the way-with extreme prejudice,kill his career-and others may learn to toe the line. They might find it a liberating experience,being allowed to follow their professional career path without being strangled by a dinosaur.

Mike
1 year ago

Mick,

Its almost exactly two years to the day since Kheredine Idessane, at BBC. Scotland stated that there had been NO bid from China of £8.00 million pounds and was forced into a grovelling apology to the Huns. Two years of BBC. Scotland lifting their skirts to reveal their true alegiances. Two years of media lies and distortions trying to punt Morelos, all the time his value seemingly rocketed as the lies grew wings. He, the thug is a puppet to his masters voice, another stain in Scottish football. It would be funny if it wasnt so serious.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Great comment, Mike.
FC not PLC
HH

Cartvale88
1 year ago

Caption
The Buffalo awaits his lumber in his new charger

The Billy Boys Club an organisation full of bias’ why employ a full team of ex wankers, sing the praises of an organisation that cheated the tax base, then try to imprison poor folk for not paying their poll tax.
Yes Sky are shockers, but what about this bastion of the establishment.
Was at Broadwood that day, Du Wei got the blame, but Lenny, and Jean turned upto go through the motions which they ended up doing.

Sancheto
1 year ago

Caption – The famed heated drive way appears to be goosed and Peter is in his office firing off a letter of complaint to the Sky/SFA/SPFL/BBC Scotland, to get some answers!

1 year ago
Reply to  Sancheto

Winner!

DJ Smyth
1 year ago
Reply to  Sancheto

Pathetic using a lie from the damned Daily Record to try to be funny

1 year ago
Reply to  DJ Smyth

DJ… Are you allergic to funny stuff

Una
1 year ago

Caption

The only time monti gets to spread his pellets

highseastim
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Have to laugh at the huns looking at hitting Celtic where it hurts, in the pocket. Don’t the daft c*n*s know that, that is what we’d like, no infestation of “sewer rats” twice a season!!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

🙂

MabozzaRitchie
1 year ago

Bring me the head of Alfredo Morelos

1 year ago

Saw an old video of the fat prick yesterday in a press conference with Warburton , he didn’t like a question being asked and came through the door to argue with a reporter , telling him he couldn’t ask that . The guy trys to ask it again and he says right that’s it were going . Warburton by this stage looks utterly embarrassed and then asks the fat controller is that us? He says yes come on and tells the manager of the club to follow him like a wee child lol. This video vindicates exactly what Stewart said that the man is a bully and a fat wank. I might have added the last bit

Pensionerbhoy
1 year ago

Caption: “All I can gie ye is some grit or a dose, hen.”

These are very interesting and testing times methinks!.

Let’s hope we don’t fall in the Clyde again. Can’t see it. After all, you can’t drown twice – surely?

H H

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  Pensionerbhoy

Caption: Away to Ross County…

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Devoy45

Caption: Una denies ever having been to slimming world as she was at Pizza Express in woking.

Martio67
1 year ago

Caption: Driver thinks she’s up for a good ploughing

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Martio67

🙂

TicToc
1 year ago

Caption: Private Gumshoe keeps a weather eye on one of Morelos’ tarts.

badgerbhoy74
1 year ago

Caption – How do you get a girl in the snow to fall in love with you?

A tractor.

1 year ago
Reply to  badgerbhoy74

🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Oh dear

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Monti.. Yep it is cringeworthy 🙂

Cortes
1 year ago

Mr Obvious’s caption: “Oh I am a merry ploughBhoy…”

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Cortes

Caption: A Ploughmans munch

TicToc
1 year ago

Ralph, I missed the main point; another brilliant Diary. And it seems there really could be a sea-change,(Tsunami) on it’s way to flatten that fat, scummy little rat Traynor. By fuck he’s earned anything horrid that comes his way just as his pals, the same flies on the new shite at Ipox have.
Hell slap it intae them!
FC not PLC
HH

Mike
1 year ago

Caption, Its a sair fecht plantin tatties in this weather.
Andrew Dickson: Corona Underhand Nob Trollop.
As Craig Whyte returns from Fantasy Island to spill the beans on the buffoons and the young £million pound manager called “Self Inflicted” who cost as much as “Castle Grey Skull” actually 999,999.00 less, than his ain wee shanty with the chanty. I wis robbed, aye Craigy so yeh were, they saw you coming, game over, done up like a kipper.

charlie
1 year ago
charlie
1 year ago

ah the rebellion of youth ralph a tried tae put yon song up fur ye but some moderator moderated it ……..sak the moderators

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  charlie

My ditty made it up a couple days ago.

Puggy67
1 year ago

Caption: I don’t normally get out my bed for less than 6 inches, said the woman. Gnarf!

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Puggy67

That’ll win.

R.St.Parsley
1 year ago

Caption:
Brass monkey sends wife out to buy some glue.

Devoy45
1 year ago
Reply to  R.St.Parsley

At Clyde: Gordon
Welsh/Ajer/Jullien/Taylor
Ntcham/Soro
Shved/Rogic/Hayes
Klimala

1 year ago

Caption: oh the tractors of the council are green white and gold
Green white and gold Green white and gold Oh the tractors of the council are Green white and gold for you ya orange bastards.

1 year ago

Caption:Have you seen ma sister naw hen whits her name
Elsa
Ahhh now I get it

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  jimmybee

Jimmybee,
Let it go, let it go 🙂

henkesdreadlocks
1 year ago

Caption……….

Haw hen, if you’re no careful you’ll land face first on ma skid marks.

Monti
1 year ago

There’s no way the game will be on on Sunday, no chance.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Whitever dae ya mean?

1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Agreed m8 Sunday is a wash out no chance it will be on 60_ 80 mph winds forecast along with heavy rain.

Uralius
1 year ago

Caption: Oi where were you on Wednesday?

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

Caption: Prince Andrew scrapes away his footprints at Epstein mansions.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: The Clinton’s Gardener scrapes away the Clinton’s cleaner’s footprints outside the Metro Correctional Center.

I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout no Clintons, and don’t need suicided.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Uralius

🙂

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Caption: Mike heads home from McDairmid park.

Monti
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Just watching Auf Wiedersehen Pet, series 1.
Oz reminds me of Tic-Toc, not the brightest but you have to love him….ken.

Uralius
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

🙂

Frank McGaaaarvey
1 year ago

If any Tims (or others) out there have a spare second, then use it to sign this this petition to reinstate Michael Stewart at the biased broadcasting corporation. Here’s the link (hopefully) :-

http://chng.it/PCLnScNLM9

Don’t let Jabba and his cronies run one of the few honest pundits without an agenda out of Scottish football.

Michael Stewart CSC

Monti
1 year ago

Signed last night

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Monti

Well Monti, you’re no’ too bright so ah just hope you got the right petition!
But OMG, ye’ve just got tae luv him 🙂 as he really is a tryer! 🙂 With knobs on!
FC not PLC
HH

TicToc
1 year ago

Signed and forwarded to many others.
Good idea, that scum are kicking hornets’ nests and are too dumb to see it. My licence is being scrapped this year for issues like this.
FC not PLC
HH

Mike
1 year ago

Its close to one year since Brendan Rodgers left Celtic, 8 points clear at the top of the SPFL. saying that he had taken Celtic as far as he could. Three years of total domestic dominance. Its interesting to note that the Celtic share price was 168.50 at its biggest ever high. Recently Its thought that Lindsell Train (our second biggest shareholder) were having major problems and that left them selling much of its Celtic shares plus those in other companies. The share price plummeted to a low of 132.50. It has since risen to its latest close of 145.00. Yesterday Celtic made its 6 monthly Interim report, showing a 6 month profit of £24.4 million pounds (the K.T. sale). with a net of debt and tax in the bank of £45.1 million pounds.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Whatever way you look at the above, that is a very healthy state for any BUSINESS to be in, whether it is right, is another matter entirely. Una posted recently and I agree entirely with her that in the near future Celtic will announce a huge new Adidas contract worth around £60.00 million. With rumours of our major shareholder selling his shares in Celtic, one wonders that the club has never been in a healthier state, the only fly in that argument is that the shares still have some way to go, unless he was desperate why sell up.

Mike
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

But the argument is that the Celtic capitalisation being £131.72 million pounds the BUSINESS of Celtic is doing fantastically well and a great time to sell, especially with potentially great share price growth. The above might be confidence building for the support, but our emotional attachment remains heavily invested in the team. To put the possible title 9 @ 10 under threat would be unforgivable and perhaps no way back for some, doing just enough is not the answer, the answer lies in investing in the team. Perhaps its time for a new Celtic bigger shareholder, perhaps its time for a new breath of fresh air a re-jig. But it certainly is time for a bigger support say in the running of our great club.

TicToc
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

Exactly CS, and I applaud you for keeping this ‘dream’ alive for many years now. It would bring an end to tory scum like Desmond and Lawwell dictating our policy. It’s the mechanics of uniting our supporters and centralising funds into one great, big sum and buying off Desmond & co. Too much money is wasted when buying small amounts as share-dealing costs are significant, but the idea is sound. I note recently an Edinburgh club I dislike intensely has now secred supporter ownership and I applaud them for achieving that, though for nothing else.
FC not PLC
HH

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