Feb 282013
 

Rangers Given A Slap On Their Lifeless Wrist

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen! Scottish Football fans of all ages! Please, look around you. On the day Rangers Football Club were found guilty by Lord Nimmo Smith of the non-disclosure of payments, just take a moment, and consider the enormity of today’s result.

Rangers Football Club (1872-2012) have been found guilty of these rule breaches, over a period of a decade or so. The only punishment for their offences, other than the fact their financial doping coupled with a badly timed recession combined to kill off the Club itself, is a fine of £250,000. This equates as a £50,000 punishment for each Scottish Premier League title they “won” during their years of offending, without referring to other “victories” in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.

Now, let’s take a moment to consider the evidence against the now defunct Club. Through the use of the much maligned Employee Benefit Trusts (EBT’s for the sake of brevity), Rangers paid a portion of the wages of a significant number of their players. These payments were, the Club argued, loans only repayable upon the death of the recipient, and therefore not subject to the same rules regarding taxation as a regular wage.

Whether or not these payments broke rules regarding taxation is a battle still being fought by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), but some of the evidence from the First Tier Tax Tribunal (FTT(T)) makes rather interesting reading.

For example, consider paragraph 36, which can be found on page 9 of the Tribunal’s findings. Line 34 reads (an excerpt from the evidence of Mr Black) , “So far as Rangers was concerned it enabled the Club to attract players who would not otherwise have been obtainable.” In the next paragraph the report states that “Mr Black had been involved in “signing and selling” 350-400 players in 20 years of involvement at Rangers”, so I’ll allow you all to make an educated guess in your own minds as to who Mr Black is. Now, consider that admission, putting aside the fact it was made in a Tax Tribunal. The use of these EBT’s, regardless of whether they were taxed correctly or not, was to allow the Football Club of old to gain an advantage over it’s rivals. Simple.

Moving on to page 13, and the end of paragraph 52, the report states (an excerpt from the evidence of Mr Purple, a former Rangers player) “Mr Purple confirmed that he had never been given the option of any alternative to the loan arrangement.”

On page 16, in paragraph 68, we find the evidence of Mr Magenta, and this gem, “”Side letters”, he said, were part of the “package” offered to players but were distinct from the player’s contract.” In the dissenting opinion of Dr Heidi Poon, she goes as far to accuse some of those involved in giving evidence to the Tribunal of being involved in a “cover up”.

Proceeding to today’s verdict, it reads as follows:

“In the result, therefore, and for all the foregoing reasons:

(1) We find the breaches in Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3 (except Issue 3(c) and the concluding
passage of Issue 3(b)starting with “such that Rangers FC . . . .”) and Issue 4 proved
against RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation), formerly The Rangers Football Club Plc.

(2) We fine RFC 2012 Plc (in liquidation) £250,000 in respect of Issues 1 to 3, and
admonish it in respect of Issue 4.

(3) We make no separate finding of breach by Rangers FC and impose no penalty on it.”

 

Today’s findings state that “we are unable to reach the conclusion that this led to any competitive advantage.” Below, you can find a table which is included in today’s report. There, ladies and gentlemen, is your “unfair advantage”, in black and white. Simply because the rules of the Scottish Premier League may have been so badly designed that they did not account for such brass necked cheating is irrelevant. Whilst every other SPL Club paid their player’s wages, and the tax related to it in good faith, the establishment Club of old did not.

 

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A £250,000 fine imposed on a bankrupt Club which are now in the hands of liquidators – a fine that will never be paid. Scottish Football is a laughing stock, steeped in corruption and guilt. This is what Armageddon really looks like, and those in the wrong have not been punished for their actions. In fact, as I write this, many of them are not remotely remorseful for their sins, but rather feeling somewhat celebratory because, essentially, they’ve got away with it.

I love Celtic Football Club with all of my heart, but this whole scenario has left me torn to a significant degree. I will continue to support Celtic. I will continue to watch Celtic. However, the only reason for this is my love of the Football Club and the fan base I am fortunate enough to be a part of, it is no longer the love of the game itself, because in Scotland, to one degree or another, the game is rigged.

From the start, the governing bodies in this country have taken the view that the love the average supporter has for his or her team, whether they happen to be Celtic, Aberdeen, Dundee United, Hibernian, Hearts, Cowdenbeath, Raith Rovers, Peterhead or any other, will keep them attending matches and keep the game alive, regardless of the fact these same governing bodies have destroyed any seed of the sporting integrity so many strived for.

Fundamentally, why should a parent take their son or daughter, an aunt or uncle take their nephew or niece, a big cousin take their wee cousin, or a friend take their mate, if the game they are paying to watch is rotten? The answer is “love”. It’s the love of the Club that a parent or an aunt or uncle holds that will continue, mostly, to drive them to take the younger generations to support their chosen team, but that does not mean that the events of today (and this saga as a whole) should be ignored.

It is now more clear than ever that it is, on many levels, one rule for Rangers (regardless of whether it is the defunct Rangers or the new Club currently masquerading as said defunct Rangers) and one rule for the rest. Don’t forget, Celtic were hit with a larger fine for “tapping up” Tommy Burns from Kilmarnock in the 1990’s. And please don’t think that I believe Celtic are the only Club who should feel aggrieved. In my mind, every single Club that Rangers took on during the period in question, whether it was in domestic or European competition has the right to feel cheated, and you only need to look at other websites, those of Aberdeen fans, Dundee United fans, Hearts fans etc to see that this is the case.

To put the scale of this injustice in context, below you can see a picture of Rangers’ 2004-05 Championship winning squad. On that miserable day at Fir Park, Celtic lost the league by a point, and how painful it was. The players with a red dot over their face were listed in Lord Nimmo Smith’s report today as recipients of side letters. During that season, the Club paid £17,764,000 in wages, with £7,241,000 in EBT contributions. Sorry, but if you think that’s fair, then, well, I simply don’t know what to say to you.

 

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I’ll leave you with a list of names, which should forever be associated with one word above all others, whenever they appear in an old football programme, a book, a radio broadcast, or a television show, “cheat”.

1. Tore André Flo
2. Shota Arveladze
3. Michael Ball
4. Stefan Klos
5. Russell Latapy
6. Neil McCann
7. Christian Nerlinger
8. Arthur Numan

1. Alan Hutton
2. Andrei Kanchelskis
3. Barry Ferguson
4. Bert Konterman
5. William Dodds
6. Christopher Burke
7. Claudio Caniggia
8. Craig Moore
9. Fernando Ricksen
10. Lorenzo Amoruso
11. Maurice Ross
12. Ronald de Boer
13. Steven Smith
14. Tero Penttilä

1. Mikel Amatrain Arteta
2. Shota Arveladze
3. Jérôme Bonnissel
4. Thomas Buffel
5. Jesper Christiansen
6. Nuno Fernando Gonçalves da Rocha
7. Dan Eggen
8. Tore André Flo
9. Stefan Klos
10. Russell Latapy
11. Peter Løvenkrands
12. Neil McCann
13. Michael Mols
14. Kevin Muscat
15. Christian Nerlinger
16. Arthur Numan
17. Dado Pršo
18. Alex Rae
19. Gavin Rae
20. Paolo Vanoli
21. Grégory Vignal

1. Alan Hutton
2. Barry Ferguson
3. Robert Malcolm
4. Christopher Burke
5. Egil Østenstad
6. Fernando Ricksen
7. Jean-Alain Boumsong
8. Lorenzo Amoruso
9. Marvin Andrews
10. Maurice Ross
11. Ignacio Javier Gómez Novo
12. Ronald de Boer
13. Ronald Waterreus
14. Sotirious Kyrgiakos
15. Steven Smith
16. Steven Thomson
17. Zurab Khizanishvili

1. Mikel Amatrain Arteta
2. Shota Arveladze
3. Michael Ball
4. Olivier Bernard
5. Kris Boyd
6. Thomas Buffel
7. Jesper Christiansen
8. Steven Davis
9. Brahim Hemdani
10. Peter Løvenkrands
11. Pedro Mendes
12. Kevin Muscat
13. Saša Papac
14. Julien Rodriguez
15. Grégory Vignal

1. Alan Hutton
2. Carlos Cuéllar
3. Christopher Burke
4. Fernando Ricksen
5. Federico Nieto
6. Ian Murray
7. Jean-Alain Boumsong
8. Libor Sionko
9. Lorenzo Amoruso

10. Marvin Andrews
11. Ignacio Javier Gómez Novo
12. Ronald Waterreus
13. Sotirious Kyrgiakos
14. Steven Smith
15. Steven Thomson
16. Zurab Khizanishvili

Oh, and don’t forget, you can add Sir David Murray et al, as well as Campbell Ogilvie to that list.

  11 Responses to “The True Meaning Of Armageddon”

  1. […] just take a moment, and consider the enormity of today’s result. Rangers Football Club […] …read more Read more here: […]

  2. Absolutely disgusted at Lord Nimmo Smith and his findings.it just sends a message out to sevco and Charles green that they’ll get away with anything.the whole thing is corrupt and sickens any true football fan.as this involves European games i wonder if any of these teams that were involved feel cheated and try to do anything about it.

  3. This country has the brass neck to point the finger at such countries as Russia, China, Cuba, etc, and accuse them of corruption and anti- democratic practices against justice. Well. . .its crystal clear to anyone with a brain that Scotland is up there with the rest of the corrupt regimes when it comes to administering justice especially to their establishment football team.

    Yes folks, Sevco f.c are thee club of the queen and country brigade. They must be looked after at all costs because they represent British Imperialist values. What values are those? Why the values of superiority over everyone else of course. The values that make the rules up to suit the establishment club and to hell with the other Scottish clubs. The values that turns a blind eye to cheating, corruption and anything else that is required to ensure that the dice is loaded in their favour.

    Lets face it folks, if the corrupt practices had not been in place to look after the Sevco cheats where would they be?
    Would they even be in the Third Division? They certainly would not have been in Europe in the last ten or more years that’s for sure. The truth of the matter is that they would not have made even a mediocre football team without the corruption and help from the establishment. They would never EVER have been anywhere near three in a row never mind their cheating nine.
    ( Their nine in a row would be the German nine, ZERO!)

    So let us never forget that this is a dirty low down cheating organisation that will do and say anything to be classified as better than anyone else. . .and football just happens to be the popular sport in Scotland for them to practice their brand of Fascistic hate and bigotry. Not now nor ever would they have survived without the aid of the British corrupt capitalist establishment to see them through because quite frankly they were never that good.
    Cheats then Cheats now, Cheats forever

    Will they ever get away with it again? In all probability yes because the rest of Scotland just want to see a football match. They just want to believe that their is a level playing field to justify their social and financial investment. The ordinary punter has not desire to be a fighter . . .and the establishment know it. That is why they couldn’t handle the wave of democracy last year from Scottish supporters when they said that they had had enough.
    Can this happen again? In a word. . .yes!
    Should it happen again?. . .YES!

  4. This country has the brass neck to point the finger at such countries as Russia, China, Cuba, etc, and accuse them of corruption and anti- democratic practices against justice. Well. . .its crystal clear to anyone with a brain that Scotland is up there with the rest of the corrupt regimes when it comes to administering justice especially to their establishment football team.

    Yes folks, Sevco f.c are thee club of the queen and country brigade. They must be looked after at all costs because they represent British Imperialist values. What values are those? Why the values of superiority over everyone else of course. The values that make the rules up to suit the establishment club and to hell with the other Scottish clubs. The values that turns a blind eye to cheating, corruption and anything else that is required to ensure that the dice is loaded in their favour.

    Lets face it folks, if the corrupt practices had not been in place to look after the Sevco cheats where would they be?
    Would they even be in the Third Division? They certainly would not have been in Europe in the last ten or more years that’s for sure. The truth of the matter is that they would not have made even a mediocre football team without the corruption and help from the establishment. They would never EVER have been anywhere near three in a row never mind their cheating nine.
    ( Their nine in a row would be the German nine, ZERO!)

    So let us never forget that this is a dirty low down cheating organisation that will do and say anything to be classified as better than anyone else. . .and football just happens to be the popular sport in Scotland for them to practice their brand of Fascistic hate and bigotry. Not now nor ever would they have survived without the aid of the British corrupt capitalist establishment to see them through because quite frankly they were never that good.
    Cheats then Cheats now, Cheats forever

    Will they ever get away with it again? In all probability yes because the rest of Scotland just want to see a football match. They just want to believe that their is a level playing field to justify their social and financial investment. The ordinary punter has not desire to be a fighter . . .and the establishment know it. That is why they couldn’t handle the wave of democracy last year from Scottish supporters when they said that they had had enough.
    Can this happen again? In a word. . .yes!
    Should it happen again?. . .YES!

  5. This “episode” in Scottish “sporting” history will NEVER be forgotten. Decent minded people now know where they stand in the great scheme of things. Everyone was cheated out of fair competition to please the gloating hordes of deadco. Newco are no better. If only we could boo them out of existence altogether. All that cheating never won the big cup or an ounce of respect.

  6. Won’t be long till they are back in the top tier … then it’ll be the same ol, same ol … and the media will punt it, and punt it, and punt it until we’re all calling it the old firm again. Forgive and forget bhoys, eh?
    No effing chance! No firm at all – decent football fans of any club should never again soil the soles of their shoes at Ibrox! Not a penny from anyone! They want to play in the English leagues? … send them to Coventry! Shun and boycott them as the lepers they are.
    Sadly, none of that will happen. I agree with BuffytheCat; cheating is now part of the game they will do it again; why wouldn’t they, was today’s verdict not a Cheats Charter?
    Sevco will soon be welcomed back to the Premier League as Rangers FC, history intact – they’ve taken their punishment, we all should move on – only the churlish would want to drag this out, wouldn’t they?
    The powers (top clubs) want this.Why? Because money talks, and there are a lot of turnstile clicks in the blue end of town.

  7. Who would ever have thought when Big Billy McNeil held that Big Cup aloft in Lisbon all them years ago,Scottish Football would be in the state it now finds itself in! For a number of years after Scotlands greatest ever team had it,s greatest triumph, Scottish football improved immensely,Celtic reached another big cup final,even old Rangers won the cup winners cup,Aberdeen won the same trophy Dundee Utd. reached the semis of the Big one and,the Euefa cup final, it was a really good 17/18 years in Scottish Football, THEN! David Murray stepped in to the Football world of which he was no fan.and everyone knows the story of what happened to Scottish football since then! What amazes me is why this guy who was the instigator of this EBT Income tax evading system is still a Knight of the Realm! He was instrumental in the Liquidation of his old club! who have just been found Guilty by, of all people, A Lord! by not declaring Underhand payments to the SFA, The punishment, a demand for £250,000 will be posted to the diseased club sorry deceased clubs premises in due course, well done Lord, Sir David will no doubt pay that bill! Care for a Red M,lud! MURRAY WILL PAY THE BILL! and the training ground will still be called MURRAY PARK. that is IF the appeal in the big tax case is unsuccessful!

  8. Hate to ruin the fun of the Sevconians out there, but whenever you leave a comment it’s up to me whether or not it’s approved for publication, so you can post as many as you like, they’ll just go in the proverbial online bin. Enjoy winning your first trophy later this season lads…

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