Date: 11th May 2020 at 7:24pm
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Tonight, the estimable Celtic fan activist Auldheid has published a stunning article over on The Scottish Football Monitor site, which names the journalists to whom he and the Resolution 12 team sent their dossier of information on that campaign.

You can read his excellent article here.

I have seen that evidence.

It is complete.

It has the famous “smoking gun” which the recent Ibrox dossier lacked.

I’ve been on the periphery of their campaign, and even met the club CEO in relation to it. There is no doubt in my mind that they have the evidence which proves that Rangers lied to the SFA about their tax bill, and thus acquired a European license by fraud.

The team responsible for putting that file together did everything they could to put it in the public domain.

The article Auldheid posted tonight is a brilliant account of their efforts and their findings.

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In the 1951/52 season, SFA chairman George Graham tried to stop Celtic from flying the Irish tricolour flag over Celtic Park, leading to a bitter stand off between him and the club. Which Scottish club backed Graham over his stance?

It makes it clear that numerous outlets were contacted, and named journalists sent copies.

Almost all ignored it. You’ll be surprised at those who did not.

One name made my antennae twitch; Tom English. He received a copy and never publicly commented.

But when the Offshore Game – an offshoot of the award winning Tax Justice Network – published their own report into the SFA and the governing bodies, and which highlighted the Resolution 12 campaign amongst other things, English called their report “flawed.”

This guy, remember, lauded the Sevco dossier of last week saying that it proved – in spite of containing no evidence – that that SPFL had questions to answer.

There are people in our journalistic corps who ought not to be in their roles.

Three of those, including English, who received the Resolution 12 file worked at the BBC. The national broadcaster had, in its hands, the clear proof of what the former club at Ibrox did. Not once did they mention it. Not one of them asked for more information.

The Offshore Game report – Doing SFA For Fair Play – should have created a media storm.

Its second section was focussed on the issue at the heart of Resolution 12.

Nobody in the media thought that it was worthy of real study.

Sevco simply made allegations and the media assumed they were true.

They defended those claims even when the club’s own “evidence” proved that it was all baseless.

Auldheid has done a great service to all of us tonight with his excellent article.

Every Celtic fan should be reading it.

It sheds a proper light on the media’s response to Sevco’s dodgy dossier.

It gives real weight to the central assertion that sections of the press are not merely incompetent but biased as well.

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