Why Rangers Punishment Is Wrong


An Appellate Tribunal has upheld sanctions which were imposed upon a tax-dodging football club by an SFA judicial panel last month.

Rangers (in administration) had appealed against the 12-month transfer embargo and £160,000 in fines imposed on the Ibrox club for a series of disciplinary rule breaches under Craig Whyte’s ownership. On 23 April, Rangers were found guilty of five disciplinary charges, including bringing the game into disrepute. The independent inquiry was chaired by Lord William Nimmo Smith (who is a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session).

A three-man Appellate Tribunal, chaired by judge Lord Carloway (who is a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session) announced their decision to uphold the original decision, despite a legal argument put forward on behalf of the notorious, tax-swindling, bill-dodging football club by leading QC Richard Keen. (Richard Keen QC is NOT a Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session).

Rangers (in administration) had contested that Whyte’s actions should be treated separately to those of the arrogant, shameless, cheating, tax-dodging, football club. But the Appellate Tribunal ruled that the original decision was competent as the “conduct involved was attributable to the club as a member of the SFA”.

The tribunal will release a full report of its findings in due course but in the meantime it has revealed a few key points in a short summary.
“It was competent for the disciplinary tribunal to impose the additional sanction of prohibiting registrations of any new players of 18 years or older for a period of 12 months.
The disciplinary tribunal was correct to determine that the conduct involved – especially the deliberate non-payment of very large sums, estimated in excess of £13m of tax in the form of PAYE, NIC and VAT – was attributable to the club as a member of the Scottish FA.

Although the Appellate Tribunal has listened carefully to the representations from Rangers FC about the practical effects of the additional sanction, it has concluded that this sanction was proportionate to the breach, dissuasive to others and effective in the context of serious misconduct.”

Paul Clark, joint administrator (but NOT a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session), said: “The decision by the appellate tribunal to uphold the sanction, namely the suspension of registration of players for one year, is not competent in the view of the Club and its legal advisers.” (Note: the club’s legal advisers are not Senators of the College of Justice, judges of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session).

Such a sanction was not available to the tribunal,” in the opinion of Mr. Clark (who is NOT a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session) “and should not have been imposed and it is the intention of the Club to challenge the determination. The Club will consider seeking review of this most disappointing decision and it is a matter of regret that the certainty and finality Rangers sought on this matter has not been achieved.”

Charles ‘Emerald’ Green (who is NOT a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session) said: “Our group went into the purchase of the Club with this sanction in place but we hoped the decision would at least be commuted. We fully support the Club as it considers an appeal against this latest decision.” The club to which ‘Emerald’ refers is, of course, the dishonest and disgraced Rangers FC (in administration) which has been found guilty by senior judges twice in the last month of bringing the game into disrepute through its deliberate non-payment of £13m of tax.

William Pullar “Sandy” Jardine, spokesman for the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund (but NOT a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session), added: “Rangers supporters will be shocked and bitterly disappointed by this decision and will find it hard to take that the Club has been so heavily punished for the actions of individuals.” What Mr. Jardine means is that Rangers (in administration) should be allowed to spend millions of pounds on acquiring new players instead of paying their taxes.  Even to the point of bringing the game into disrepute.

It is hard not to agree that the punishment which Rangers have been given is seriously wrong.
They are completely beyond redemption, incapable of recognising their guilt and determined to drag every standard of honesty and decency down to the level of shameless cynicism at which they themselves operate.  

Rangers should have been expelled from Scottish football.

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Posted on May 17, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Id have you as my divorce lawyer….if my wife would let me ….down with the beast i say, and i mean the tax dodgers not my wife 😛

  2. This is not the Scotland I was born into.

    And that’s good. I’m away for a lie doon.

  3. Their arrogance still beggars belief. How many times do they need to be told how naughty they have been. Pay up, shut up and close up.

  4. I think the time for a bold statement from you Sir, this sitting on the fence attitude does you no favours, none at all 😉

  5. Brilliant article Henry, their arrogance knows no bounds. Shameless, pathetic frauds and cheats should have been booted out of Scottish football for good. This episode must never be forgotten and made into folklore lest our grandchildren ever forget what this ”footballing” disease tried to get away with.

  6. Its time to send in Lobey, he’d sort those Rank Bajins oot.

  7. Very good Henry 🙂

  8. Henry, I am an avid fan & follower of your contributions to the RFC(IA) story, wherever they appear. May I make 2 points please:-

    1. Your response to Dr. Gregory Ioannidis’ piece in his blog on the commercial importance of the rivalry between Celtic & Rangers really ought to be broadcast much more widely. As an analysis of the role of RFC(IA) in Scottish Football, it is peerless, and is, in my opinion, essential reading for anyone who is part of this story.

    2. Am I right in assuming that you yourself are not a ” Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session ” ? Then is it just possible, that you, like myself and all others who are not in possession of these titles and positions, ought to accept the judgement?

    With very best wishes

    • Where can we find the piece manandboy refers to under item 1 as I’d love to read it

      • Took me a while to find it myself! 😀
        Here it is . . . lawtop20 blog

        • Thanks very much, great piece and articulates exactly what many of have been saying, but much more eloquently

          Scottish football has been ruined by rfc in all aspects, sporting and business

          I hope the recent events galvanise all other teams’ supporters and that they recognise rfc’s demise as the opportunity it can be rather than this fictional tale about the death of football we’re being spun

          More power to your pen/keyboard

    • manandboy – Thank you very much.
      1) I recycled my response to Dr Ioannidis’s article for an earlier blog titled The Way We Were.

      2) You are indeed right! I am not a Supreme Court Judge nor am I one of the people. I’m the sort of dude who tends to give the benefit of the doubt to people who actually know what they’re talking about.
      That seems to me to be wiser than following the example of the manager of Rangers FC (in Administration). He was quoted earlier today as having said, “I haven’t had time to read the findings, and I’m sure later I will take in the bullet points, but I totally disagree with the judgement and the penalties handed out.” There is no argument worth wasting on such a fool.

  9. Some people just don’t seem to recognise being let off the hook when they see it.

    And they’re still appealing? What exactly is it you’re appealing when you’ve been shown clemency for some very grave offences? The gracious thing to do is stay quiet, count your blessings and get on with it.

    • I’m moving closer and closer to the belief that Rangers are actually trying to get some external force to finish them off so that they can deflect the blame for the inevitable liquidation on to anyone other than themselves.

  10. They don’t yet (prob never will) understand that screaming “it’s ma baw. You’re no’ playin’..” won’t work in the adult world! My sides are splitting. Fiscal Pantomime for the hard of thinking.

  11. Out of interest.
    Is Lord Glennie a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, sitting in the High Court of Justiciary and the Inner House of the Court of Session?

    Just wondering

    • I rather think he might be… I guess at the timer of writing the original blog, the author couldn’t anticipate Rangers going to the CoS. In retrospect, that piece of jolly banter can be seen as a hostage to fortune.

      It must be rather frosty in the CoS tea room these days…

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