Posted on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 by Justshatered
After my attempt at sarcasm the other day I thought I would return to my serious self in an attempt to gauge the strength of feeling towards our brethren across the city.
The time has gone 8 o’clock on Thursday 23 Feb and I’ve just finished listening to SSB and Radio Scotland.
The audacity of the people speaking certainly staggers my imagination.
This is like a well planned pincer movement: Rangers must be allowed straight back into the SPL (regardless of what condition they are in) because of the TV deal. Although they feel sorry for everyone they owe money to Scottish football can’t live without them and there’s the TV deal. Apparently in drawing up the SPL rules they never considered Rangers or Celtic going bust so in reality the rule book is worthless………………….. and there’s the TV deal.
Speirs says titles should not be removed due to the financial doping (if proven) as it would be a pointless exercise even if players have had two contracts and the national association has been lied to (staggering!).
In time Rangers, if they go into liquidation, may even be able to buy back their current history, as Fiorentina have recently done, and add them to the illustrious honours of a newco.
In the eyes of the media it is now acceptable to run a tax scam (not yet proven) and from this gain an unfair advantage over every other team in Scotland – remember they met smaller teams in cup competitions so it is not just SPL teams that have been scammed here.
It is acceptable for the national association to have been duped by players having two contracts as opposed to the regulation one (again not yet proven).
It is acceptable for one club to buy players from other clubs and then not pay for them.
It is acceptable for one club to receive tickets for away games, sell them, and not pass on the money to the home club.
It is acceptable for one club to hold a domestic cup tie at their own ground and then refuse to split the gate money with the other team.
It is acceptable for one club not to pay VAT, income tax, and National Insurance contributions.
Not only is it acceptable for one club to cheat every domestic team that they have encountered they have also been allowed to represent this country in UEFA competitions while doing so. That could have far reaching consequences for every team in Scotland including the national team itself.
The media would have us believe that the adequate punishment for this is the 10 points already deducted for entering administration. In a year that they squandered a fifteen point lead in a league that they would have struggled to win anyway.
So essentially we are now being told that the tax man can whistle, current clubs they owe money to can whistle, other creditors they can………………………… well you get the message.
The SPL rule book, which is supposed to govern our game, is to be ripped up. Meanwhile Rangers get to play in the SPL, with no loss of honours and no debt, against teams who are up to their eyes in debt themselves and also owed money from the previous incarnation.
You really could not make this up.
This media driven nonsense has no justice for any fan who has bought a season ticket for the last ten years. I personally have paid over £4,000 pounds to essentially watch a crooked sport. When was the last time any journalist currently spouting this jibberish paid to go to a game?
I don’t have much time for the administrators of our game as they have wantonly overseen the collapse of our national sport. Not their national sport. As long as you’ve got a blazer and the opportunity to jump to the UEFA gravy train then every club in Scotland can die with the obvious exception of one.
I’ve asked this question before;
If Scottish football can’t survive without Rangers at what point, as the revelations unfold, can Scottish football afford to live with Rangers?