In 2012, Celtic shareholders brought a resolution before the Celtic PLC AGM which asked the Celtic Board to refer certain matters to UEFA because they felt that the Scottish Football Association was compromised, no longer fit for purpose in relation to these matters, at least, and had failed Celtic and all the other football clubs in Scotland and in its duty as a Governing body, and it has separately failed UEFA as the Licensing Authority appointed by UEFA to grant licences to play in European Football in relation to Scottish teams.
The actual wording used was as follows;
“This AGM requests the Board exercise the provision contained in the Procedural Rules Governing the UEFA Club Financial Control Body Article 10 with jurisdiction and investigation responsibilities identified in articles 3 & 11 (Note 1), by referring/bringing to the attention of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the licensing administration practices of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), requesting the CFCB undertake a review and investigate the SFA’s implementation of UEFA & SFA license compliance requirements, with regard to qualification, administration and granting of licenses to compete in football competitions under both SFA and UEFA jurisdiction, since the implementation of the Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations of 2010.”
The response of the Celtic Board was to argue that this resolution was NOT NECESSARY because the board itself had already recognised that there had been failings within the SFA Licensing process, and they were already in correspondence with the SFA in relation to much the same issue.
The difference between the board and the resolutioners was that the board wanted to continue corresponding with the SFA rather than refer the matter to UEFA or anyone else, whereas the resolutioners argued that the SFA were hopelessly compromised, were unfit for purpose, could not of themselves remedy the situation they had created, and so wanted to refer the matter to UEFA as an independent and overseeing body whose rules had been flaunted, broken, ignored and to be frank, completely manipulated as a result of SFA inaction and inactivity.
After much discussion between the board and the resolutioners, it was reluctantly agreed that the resolution should be adjourned and to allow the SFA to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they could operate as a proper Governing body should and to answer all and any questions put to them via the Celtic PLC board and , where appropriate, the resolutioners and ,if necessary, their solicitors.
In the interim period, it has become clear to the Resolutioners that the SFA are not fit for purpose, just as they originally argued, and that they are not, and never could have been, the appropriate body to consider and determine the failings in the licensing system that the Resolutioners had complained of.
This is not merely opinion on the part of the resolutioners but is the determination and judgement of a formally constituted judicial panel appointed by the SFA itself.
The resolutioners complain that the SFA have failed, and continue to fail in the following areas;
They failed to oversee a fair and robust European Licence application process before and after March 2011 in respect of the appropriate season.
They had failed to mount any sort of investigation despite being contacted by HMRC from 2006 onwards in relation to the unlawful activities of a member club – they should have had a watching brief and requested regular updates from HMRC directly but didn’t.
They failed to properly apply the necessary tests demanded by UEFA in considering licence applications, and subsequently, through their then CEO, sought to justify their licensing process and the grant of certain licences on a number of different contradictory grounds – none of which stood scrutiny.
They failed to monitor, update their records or make specific enquiries between 30th March 2011 and Mid May 2011 when the list of application grants was formally intimated to UEFA – and by which time there was widespread public rumour and speculation about the state of the tax affairs of a member club together with specific legal documents which outlined that there was indeed a tax bills due which would have disqualified that club from being granted a UEFA licence – had the rules been applied properly.
They failed to grasp the situation between March 2011 and August 2011 when the Sheriff Officers were seen arriving at the same club and had still made no enquiry.
They failed to carry out any monitoring duties at all post the grant of the licence, with then CEO Reagan telling Celtic that once a European licence was granted – which it was in April 2011 – all further compliance monitoring and any necessary action was the province of UEFA. This was later contradicted by UEFA themselves.
They failed to monitor through the June 30th and September 30th, two key datelines specified with the UEFA regulations, and there exists a damning e-mail from one SFA officer to the offending club which effectively says that he hopes UEFA will be too busy to notice the deficiencies in the latest submissions sent by the SFA to UEFA in respect of the club concerned.
Throughout, the SFA denied that there were any failures in their procedures, that licences had been correctly granted, there had been no breaches of the rules and maintained that their procedures had been audited and approved by UEFA during the period.
According to the official UEFA website, no such Audit actually took place with the same website confirming which Football Associations were in fact audited at the relevant time. There is no mention of any SFA Audit.
The SFA claimed that not only was there nothing wrong with the grant of the licence, but that there was nothing for them to report during the post grant period as it was not their responsibility – and then added that even if something had been wrong, or was later found to be wrong with the grant, they could not report the matter to UEFA and could take no action because they were time barred from doing so.
Post the Craig Whyte Trial, where long held evidence was publicly noted and commented upon, Celtic and the SPFL publicly called for there to be a full independent Legal inquiry into all that had transpired during “the EBT years” and all aspects of how what had occurred, impacted on football Governance in Scotland.
The SFA rejected those calls and instead insisted on their own internal inquiry into the UEFA licence process for 2011/2012 – despite previously insisting that there had never been anything to investigate or report to UEFA who had entrusted them with the administration of their Licensing process.
The SFA wrote to every club in Scotland to say they were undertaking that investigation and later publicly announced that as a result of that investigation they had uncovered sufficient evidence to justify bringing formal charges alleging breaches of both SFA and UEFA rules.
This despite denying for a number of years that there had been any need for an investigation and despite reassuring Celtic that their licensing process was robust, had been conducted properly, and had not resulted in any incorrect grant of a licence.
The SFA appointed a judicial panel to hear those charges, determine whether they had been proven or not and then to hand out an appropriate punishment.
That Judicial panel have ruled that legally they (the SFA appointed panel) and the SFA itself cannot bring, hear, determine and act on those charges, nor consider the activities of the football club concerned in any judicial forum, because apparently the SFA had previously decided and formally entered into a contract which says that the SFA will not, and cannot, administer their normal Governmental and Judicial function (which would normally apply to any other club in Scotland and at any other time in the history of the SFA or UEFA) in relation to the acts concerned and the specific football club in question.
Instead, the Panel ruled that the charges concerned should be considered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a matter of contract and law – and could not be considered by an SFA appointed panel.
In other words, it has been judicially determined that the SFA cannot as a matter of law enforce its own rules or those of UEFA in relation to one club, and have signed away their entire right to oversee proper football Governance and the implementation of SFA and UEFA rules in this instance.
Further, that contract must have been known to all the appropriate SFA officers who decided and took part in the inquiry that led to the SFA bringing the disciplinary charges – Stuart Reagan, Andrew MacKinlay and Tony McGlennan – and when the SFA rejected Celtic’s call for a fully independent inquiry.
In effect, those same officers mounted their own internal inquiry and brought proceedings which they knew, or ought reasonably to have known, which would end in a legal dead end.
Such a course of action amounts to professional incompetence on a monumental scale – at best!
Further, subsequent SFA officials, assured the officers of Celtic Football Club that following the decision of the Independent Judicial Panel there was no reason why the SFA would not take the matter to CAS and in turn used the officials of Celtic Football Club to relay that message to the resolutioners in the knowledge, and with the intention, that Celtic PLC shareholders would rely on those assurances and would act accordingly. Those actions and those assurances should now be the subject of a wholly separate inquiry.
Since those assurances were made to Celtic officials, Solicitors acting on behalf of shareholders have written to the SFA on no less than three occasions requesting clarification on what the SFA is doing, whether or not the decision from the independent tribunal advising that the matter should go to CAS will be implemented, and requesting a proposed timetable when this will happen. All such letters have been ignored or avoided by the SFA.
Subsequently, the current CEO of the SFA has stated that whether or not the matter should go to CAS will only be determined prior to Christmas 2019 – some 18 months after the ruling by the independent judicial panel.
This position is a complete volte face from what the SFA told Celtic officials immediately after the 2018 panel hearing.
THE CONCLUSION TO ALL OF THIS CAN ONLY BE THAT THE SFA IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE AND THAT THE GOVERNANCE OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL IS SO BAD, SO BROKEN AND SO FAR REMOVED FROM NORMAL JUDICIAL AND CORPORATE BUSINESS PRACTICE THAT IT MUST BE LOOKED AT BY AN INDEPENDENT BODY IF THE MATTER IS NOT REFERRED TO CAS.
FURTHER, ALL OF THIS MUST BE MADE PUBLIC, MUST BE OUT IN THE OPEN AND MUST BE PROPERLY DISCLOSED OTHERWISE ANY FUTURE INVESTMENT IN ANY CLUB WHETHER BY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS, STOCK MARKET LISTED ENTITIES, BANKS, LOAN HOUSES, CREDIT HOUSES OR WHATEVER IS PREDICATED ON THE WHOLLY FRAUDULENT NOTION THAT THE SFA WILL CONSISTENTLY APPLY ITS OWN RULES OR THOSE OF UEFA.
CELTIC, AS A RESPECTED MEMBER OF UEFA, SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT, STAND BACK AND ALLOW THIS SHAMBOLIC GOVERNANCE TO CONTINUE UNCHECKED AND WITHOUT EXTERNAL EXAMINATION AS TO DO SO WOULD BE DOING A TOTAL DISSERVICE TO UEFA, AND SUCH A COURSE OF ACTION WOULD POTENTIALLY MAKE CELTIC A PARTY TO THE ENTIRE SHAMBOLIC ADMINISTRATION WE HAVE SEEN THUS FAR.
THE RESOLUTIONERS HAVE STATED CONSISTENTLY SINCE 2012 THAT SFA GOVERNANCE IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE AND HAVE REQUESTED THAT THIS ENTIRE MATTER SHOULD BE REFERRED TO UEFA AS THE OVERALL GOVERNING BODY FOR EUROPEAN FOOTBALL AND AS A FOOTBALLING AUTHORITY WHO HAS ENTRUSTED THE SFA TO OVERSEE THE FAIR APPLICATION OF ITS RULES IN SCOTLAND.
DESPITE WHAT IS NOW ACCEPTED AS CONTINUED AND REGULAR SFA FAILURE, THAT REQUEST HAS MET WITH OBFUSCATION AND RESISTENCE.
HOWEVER PERSISTENCE BEATS RESISTENCE AND NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THE 2019 CELTIC AGM THIS IS AN ISSUE WHICH WILL NOT GO AWAY AND IS WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION AND DETERMINATION IN A MORE FORMAL LEGAL FORUM.
Here’s hoping that the Resolutioners will be the catalyst that bring’s about change and an honest game in Scotland.
For their incredible persistence and effort they will always have the thanks of the Celtic support.
It stinks,but don’t hold your breath
Crooked VAR again favors Real Madrid.
EUEFA are cheating bar stewards.
Cortois brings guy down in box for a clear penalty.
Ref originally gives a free kick and red card for foul outside box though it was inside.
Expected VAR to rescind red card and award penalty but corruptly they give a debatable foul earlier in the play to Real.
That’s the second time VAR has favored Real as against the Belgian’s VAR allowed an offside Real goal to stand which helped them salvage a point.
It’s a portent of how it will favor the huns in 2096 when the SFA introduce it.
Fixed it up for you (words added are noted in parenthesis):
THE CONCLUSION TO ALL OF THIS CAN ONLY BE THAT THE SFA (AND Celtic PLC) IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE AND THAT THE GOVERNANCE OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL (in general, and Celtic PLC, in particular) IS SO BAD, SO BROKEN AND SO FAR REMOVED FROM NORMAL JUDICIAL AND CORPORATE BUSINESS PRACTICE THAT IT MUST BE LOOKED AT BY AN INDPENDENT BODY IF THE MATTER IS NOT REFERRED TO CAS.
As I have said, expecting Celtic to assist is like asking Frank Nitti to investigate corruption in Chicago.
Fan-disagree,thought that in the build up it was a defo free kick in middle of park
In the replay you can see he only went down after realizing his team lost possession.
The initial contact did not stop him winning header or push him back.
It’s just more of the modern there was contact bullshit.
Plus do you honestly think if that situation was reversed the outcome would be the same?
It’s a corrupt competition the SFA would be proud of.
Law school exams usually involve these crazy situations, where everything possible that could go wrong happens, and then you are tasked with identifying the legal issues and remedies …..
normally, it goes something like ‘ bobby is driving his car, when susie trips in a hole in a city sidewalk, and when she falls, she hits her head, and lets go of her dog’s leash. The dog runs in front of bobby’s car, who swerves to avoid it, but drives his car into oncoming traffic, hitting another car, which runs off the road and into a bakery, which explodes, and burns down the house beside it. The owner of that home comes home from work, and upon seeing his house, has a heart attack and dies. That man, had played the same lottery numbers every week for twenty years, but because of his heart attack did not pick up his ticket that night. Of course, his numbers came up. etc….
That is what I think of when I look at the governance issue.
Frankly, you could not write an exam scenario that was as fucked up as Scottish football.
And something this fucked up does not happen by accident…. you have to try really, really hard to make as big a mess of things as this.
Fan -I thought he won the header before the foul
Sorry to hear that Tony McBride had passed away.
I first saw Tony play in the primary school team when I was around 8 years old. He was a star then. Jock Stein saw his star quality but it just did not work out for him
May he find peace now.
Mike in Toronto
For many Res12 will be a broken bond.
Nice take from SFM.
Kudos for an explosive expose Resolutioners (and well done on PR syndication work too!!)
If CFC doesn’t contest – or effectively answer – why they’ve chosen inertia over action, I will make my own, small, personal stand.
The strong inference on inertia has to be because Celtic (either Board or Execs) are embroiled in it; perhaps even incriminated…?
Fugghh…to squib such a posi of sheer ascendency is commercial codependence of the sickest variety.
Meanwhile over on the soo’side…
Sadly, it seems that for most Celtic fans, they would rather be cheated by Rangers, than play in an honest league
That is a level of self-loathing that I will never understand
Well I’ll tell you a story of mystics and old Celtic men
About the believers and how the whole thing began
At first we got fucked up the arse and now we still do
And then some proponents of wealth said that it was true
Better to think there’s a mother superior too
Instead of the filthy derision that your all accustomed to
The board cap doffers who attack real Celtic fans .
I’ve just read the article,and it’s easy to see why BRT&H is so well-regarded in his field. He absolutely nails the SFA to the floor,while raising some very interesting and uncomfortable questions about our board and their role in it all.
Of course,that excellent legal brain only deals with the facts of the matter,with actions which have taken place or others that should have but didn’t. It is in what he DOESN’T say that I probably have more interest. And that is
WHY did all this happen?
And why would an outsider like Regan,also highly-regarded in his field (before all this blew up on his watch) allow such blatant jiggerypokery?
It’s all very well and good to get this case bang to rights,but until we can get an admission as to the WHY part,we can never put in place measures to prevent a recurrence. In that respect,I echo his calls that the SFA has to go IN ITS ENTIRETY and be replaced-preferably by outsiders,professional people with no vested interest.
In addition to the excellent read above by BRT&H,another wordsmith reminds us of his own memories of Jimmy Johnstone,Greatest Ever Celt.
It’s by ESTADIO,Matt Stewart. 108am,page four on CQN. Wow,he can spin a yarn,can Matt!
En route to the circus aka Celtic AGM. It’ll either be a day of renewal, or, more likely, betrayal. Hoping for the former, but realistically expect the latter.
MORNING ALL, this could be the day the board finally grow a pair and become part of the celtic family again, I wont hold my breath, to everyone going wrap up well ,if the waeather up there is anything like down here in Cheshire. put on your wellies and waterproofs,,and stay safe?
Good luck,old bean. Expect another boot in the baws from the usual suspects. Sorted for the 6th? I was speaking to your host on Saturday,he sounded in fine fettle,a wee bit more like his normal self.
In fact,I checked the holiday board to see if I could get away with a sickie the night before,but yeezur safe enough(!)
I see Complicit Quick News have already released today’s squirrel.
With any luck Lawwell will announce today that he’s stepping down with his buddy Glibby.
Glibby didn’t do too badly. Joint top of the league, League Cup Final and still in the EL.
Sevco need a strong Peter Lawwell.
Can’t really get worked up over Res12 anymore and tbh a bit p@ssed off constantly hearing all the constant drivel about not being able to enjoy our success due to SFA, Celtic Plc allowing cheats to flourish etc. It’s boring and repetitive. Never really expected to say this myself but guys they’ve won, get over it and move on. Save your angst for the next chapter and be properly prepared next time, we lost this one because we allowed it to drag on, we never got the support of others and more importantly we never managed to persuade anyone in the press to take it seriously. Without someone in MSM championing this it was always doomed to failure.
Nimrmo Smith, EBTs and now Res12 are all gone, just topic old guys will reminisce about in yrs to come.
Gives me no pleasure to have come to this conclusion but while we have every fan drooling over the prospect of facing RFC, to the majority of fans they are the same club whether we like it or not, in next weeks cup finale we haven’t a chance of effecting change within our support never mind the game or the SFA.
I salute every last one of those guys for keeping this issue alive for so long but the reality was that only a few among us actually got what it was about or what it could mean for the game here in Scotland if it had been successful.
Tin hat – check✔️
Body armour- check✔️
Shin guards – check✔️
Steele toe caps- check✔️
Eddie your absolutely right
Next on the boring hit-list never to return hopefully
faith in humanity
Christianity and Jesus
All pish and boring as fuck
Tin hat – check✔️
Body armour- check✔️
Shin guards – check✔️
Steele toe caps- check✔️
Celtic fans used to say that Rangers fans let their club die. Don’t think Celtic fans can laugh at the zombies for that any more.
My impression is the zombies care more about their club than Celtic fans do; The zombies would never have allowed Celtic to cheat and steal from Rangers with impunity.
Rangers were liquidated, but Celtic are the club that died.
This scene from George Clooney’s film on the great Ed Murrow who stood up to McCarthyism.
Is very pertinent today.
And follows Murrows own response to McCarthy’s lying takedown.
so you reckon you were one of the few of us who GOT what Resolution 12 was about but come on here and have the front to tell us to move on.
This issue will NEVER be dropped as lone as one person is willing to fight it’s cause and I can tell you Eddie,that figure will never drop to one.
I thank my stars that there are similarly minded Celtic fans as myself who do not give up because it’s the easier route to travel and I am relieved I don’t have any friends who think along the lines you advocate.
So,I will allow you to read this post of mine and then you can go and have lunch………………………….
WHAT ! ..……SOUP ?……… AGAIN ? What flavour has Peter put on the menu today ?
Rangers and Celtic are the same club. The gullibles are those who blindly follow Celtic.
Debt gone, Same Club, 54 Titles, joint top of the league, European football, League Cup Final, court cases ditched and switcheroo aided and abetted by Celtic Plc.
A shameful betrayal by Lawwell and his mouthpieces.
Scottish football and society will regret this greed and cowardice.
They have given the cheats a mandate to kick us off the park.
This isn’t over…
Glibby and Co haven’t finished with us yet.
If Peter Lawell and the missing billionaire don’t do anything about RES 12,then what chance did them Celtic supporters have to expose the cheats over at IBROX,Like Eddie and M McGill saiid maybe it’s time to put it to bed.Hopefully we can get back to really supporting Celtic Football Club,we have our own issues and it’s not The Green Brigade that needs attended to.So Bhoys lets concentrate on our team,rather than bother with that mob at Ibrox.
Can we get a comment from anyone who was at the AGM today?
I predict that in the future we will get weather related conditions.
Irishboy, that’s why it’s finished. Idiots like you throwing about insults to those that can see the reality of the situation while essentially doing he haw to forward the cause you hold so dear.
If even 10% of fans were remotely interested in this issue there would have been some discussion among the fan groups, not surprisingly though not a single murder from any of the official supporters organisations.
The Res12 guys should speak to those who were/are involved in FAC or Call IT OUT for advice on how to progress a campaign that initially had little support, they both managed to get the agenda to a wider audience.
Us Scots like our soup but we prefer it home made by our Mammies.
Lawwell says he’s never seen the 5WA,does he seriously want us to believe this shite? He was on the SFA Board at time.
Masons on the Celtic Board, they are our enemy within.
So you are sick of hearing people complain about Res. 12 for, the last few years.
Can we take it then that you will never ever complain about biased refereeing, bigotry, cheating, etc..?
I mean, they have been going on for a lot longer than Res 12 …..
I can assure you I am no idiot.
In fact, I can reasonably assume that the comments that I post on here do not require the services of an interpreter………Unlike yours !
I deliberately refrained from using insulting language as I see no value in doing so.However,If you feel insulted by my post then feel free to do so but please be careful,should you desire to take a shower anytime soon that you don’t cut your thin skin drying yourself with a rough towel !
Ps,when taking aforementioned soup,please take care to avoid any hairs which may be lurking within.These usually originate from the consumer having tugged their forelock too robustly.
please do NOT take this as an insult but merely a piece of friendly advice from one Celtic man to another.
Today, I am gutted for Auldheid and the other resolutioners,
Leaving aside the sheer amount of work that they have put in, I can only imagine how bitterly betrayed they must feel today.
Can I ask a question what does the RES 12 guys et al want to happen to Rangers FC and SFA over the chicanery over the license
I cant speak for the Res 12 guys, but I will give you my own thoughts.
The rules of the game, and the laws of the land should have been applied.
The rules require games forfeited when a team fields an improperly registered player. Every title they ‘won’ by using improperly registered players should have been forfeited. Celtic should have insisted upon the rules being applied. Simple.
When a company is in trouble, it can either sell its assets, or sell its shares. In the former, the old company dies, and its debts die with it. A new company cannot simply buy the assets, and then carry on as if the old company still exists. If you want to continue on with the same company, you have to accept its liabilities.
So, they sold the assets, but want to pretend that they did a share purchase.
If they wanted to carry on as some form of Rangers, the ‘new company’ should have been forced to recognize that they were not the same club and/or , if they wanted to carry on as the same club, been more responsible for the damages suffered.
But, really, this is no longer about Rangers and the SFA.
By their disreputable behavior, including ignoring the issues, and then misleading the Res. 12 guys, Celtic have made this about them.
Do people want a club that is, at best, afraid to stand up to bigots and cheats, or more realistically, colluded with bigots and cheats? Because I can see no other way to describe Celtic.
Don’t play with guns ffs
An end to corruption by implementing the SFA’s own rules and following the law.
But alas not to be. Most Tims prefer being …hmmmmmmm how can I say politely …getting rogered up the Jacksey. Carry on Celtic.
Resolution 12 is about fair governance.
It was not aimed at sevco specifically.
It was brought about by the corrupt SFA knowingly breaking the rules to favor one team.
To this day the same corrupt SFA having gotten away with this in plain sight have no reason to act differently and so cheating and corruption continues unabated.
In an nutshell i believe the Resolutioners just wanted to turn Scottish football into an honest sport.
To their eternal shame this board have backed the corrupt regime over doing the right thing.
Neil Lennon saying at the AGM ,that he would like to see this Spurs player back at Celtic in the January Transfer Window,I’m sure he is talking about Wanyama,why we have plenty off midfielders at the club at the minute,Lennon needs to get his priorities right,every Celtic’s Supporters know we need a Centre Forward,and going with some of his support for Lawell and Co,he is just another yes man.
For the Resolutioners.
Neil Lennon said that midfield is not a priority, but the forward area needs support for Edouard.
Okay look at it this way
We live in a Protestant country that will always support the rangers in all the scams they implement it’s always been this way and it won’t ever change
I agree with TET about the refs but again it’s a protestant country so we don’t have any way in changing this
Today I am as happy as I have ever been watching the green and white machine deliver on the park and giving the support our greatest moments especially in the leagues win and cups win although we will probably never win the European Cup again I happy to play in the Europa as I believe this is our level at the moment
For me I love my team and support but I don’t let the cheating get me down anymore as it has always been this
God bless Neil Francis Lennon who IMO will become the greatest ever manager in Celtic history
EVENING ALL, the war is over, the tory board have won , by fuck they haven’t, auldheid and brth and the rest, will not let this go without a fight, methinks maybe brth has something up his sleeve, lets hope so.HH.
But i do not have the stomach to accept the cheating and corruption.
That it is endorsed by our directors is truly sickening.
Celtic Champs Elect @ 3:56 pm
Aye there you have the voice of a Celtic supporter. Except it as it is always going to happen, just get on with enjoying watching a rigged game. I sure is happy massa, yes sir I sure is.
Now just what flavour soup are you partaking of tonight?
Uncle Tom CSC
Delusional. I blame Catholic schools.