“It’s All About Accountability!”
A few weeks back,Mahe and I received word from AULDHEID that the Four Musketeers of Res 12 intended to open their own website to allow everyone the opportunity to view their efforts over the last few years. As you probably know,they have been tireless in their efforts to achieve justice,but have been stymied by,well,let’s call it prevarication.
It was agreed that PHIL MACGIOLLABHAIN would break the news on his site,and you can read it by clicking on this link.
Further to the above is an example,sent to us yesterday by AULDHEID,of some of the information which the site will be airing for all to see.
19 September 2011.
This is where the covering up of the situation at end March 2011 began. The SFA and UEFA had to have discussed the submission from RFC re submission 30 June iro overdue tax as verbal approval was given. The status of the liability was shown as ”status of postponed (awaiting scheduling of payments)
The only way verbal agreement on acceptance could have happened is if:
- The SFA made the argument to UEFA that the liability had been put on hold (postponed) and under discussion even after Sherriff Officers called on 10th Aug to collect an overdue tax bill and UEFA, who would also have known that by September, accepted the argument.
- The SFA told UEFA the true position and the importance of UEFA money to RFC survival, but as RFC were no longer in any UEFA competition, they both agreed to cover it up. The tone of the advice to RFC from SFA re required submission at end September is interesting.
- It is possible that UEFA may have known the truth which explains their (and Celtic’s) reluctance to have an investigation and we don’t know what UEFA’s response to Celtic’s letter of 25th May 2012 was when Celtic copied their concerns about RFC use of EBTs to UEFA,( see 7th Sept 2017 comments on the Timeline. )
The fact is we do not know what applies after Sept 2011 but given that the SFA in May 2018 charged TRFC with noncompliance during the monitoring period, then whatever allowed acceptance of the June 2011 submission during monitoring means the SFA played a role in that noncompliance and that needs explaining.
14 March 2016
This letter (copy attached) was signed by Andrew McKinlay who was Director of Football Regulation and Governance at SFA from 2011 to May 2018, so there for the 5 Way Agreement and there in March 2018 when Tony McGlennan dropped the charges of noncompliance re end of March 2011. In that 14 March letter McKinlay says he passed the HMRC letter of 20 May 2011 to advisers, who advised that the letter did not change the correctness of that end of March 2011 decision. This is now challenged/contradicted by the HMRC minutes of 21st March 2011 meeting that emerged at end of May 2018 and at the very least asks questions of the advice given to McKinlay in March 2016 and by whom and clarification of the reasons for McGlennan dropping the end of March 2011 activity from JPDT scrutiny.
Mr McKinlay was in post until early May 2018 having resigned on 8th February 2018 to join Scottish Golf and of course Mr McGlennan resigned on on 12 June 2018 to take up private practice, so there was an overlap from September 2017 to May 2018 when the SFA decided to instigate an investigation into the UEFA Licence process in 2011 following testimony at the Craig Whyte trial in 2017. What role did McKinlay, play in the process from Sept 2017, given his long tenure when from before 2012? Was McGlennan fully informed (or got at). Answers to that will hopefully be part of what is added later.
25th June 2018.
This was date our lawyers letter, still unanswered, was delivered to SFA. It asks why, according to TRFC statement on 16 May 2018 that is at odds with the HMRC minutes of 21st March 2011 enclosed with it a decision was taken in March 2018 to remove the granting of licence period at end of March 2011 from the charges of non compliance.
The reference to CAS in July 2018 and time taken to do so along with what SFA have been provided since charges made makes this topical, so have a look at the 25th 2018 June letter and maybe ask how long Celtic are prepared to wait for answers surrounding this (and previous dates ) as more informed shareholders will want answers at the next AGM in Nov 2019.
I think you’ll agree with me that there are legitimate concerns in all of this,not only in how and why the licence was originally awarded,but more importantly,in the disgraceful attempts to cover up the whole affair. These are questions which have the original target of the SFA and their procedures,but have clearly widened to the relevant office bearers. There are also some uncomfortable questions regarding an apparent reluctance by Celtic to throw their considerable weight behind the issue-as tasked by the shareholders at the AGM.
I hope everyone reads the site as and when information becomes available. They deserve a happier ending than being shunted up a siding. You can make a start via this link.
Above article by BMCUWP,with considerable help from PHIL and AULDHEID.