Resolution On Refereeing Standards

On Monday, we led with an article about a plan for putting together a resolution regarding refereeing standards in Scotland, with particular emphasis on how this is affecting our club. The idea behind it is simple, to show that Celtic supporters  and shareholders are past the point of accepting current arrangements, and past the point of accepting the club’s declared method of dealing with the issue. 

We want this issue dealt with in an open and transparent manner, rather than the usual “channels” which have led us precisely nowhere so far. Indeed, it would be a start if Celtic released a statement like the one issued by Motherwell about the impact of VAR in their match at the weekend.

Today, we provide more information to interested parties on how best to achieve our goals., It takes the form of a Resolution that if more than 100 shareholders sign up to, will be delivered to Celtic’s Company Secretary to include in the agenda to be addressed at the next AGM if not before.  The resolution is the result of feedback from a group of small shareholders involved in previous resolution setting and we believe it will attract support from Celtic small shareholder anywhere when they read it.  If the target of 100 plus is achieved, we intend to provide Season Ticket holders with a means of adding their support. The resolution follows along with instructions to complete and deliver the document to Celtic.

Celtic Shareholder Resolution to Enhance The Quality of Scottish Football Refereeing 

Celtic shareholders, along with those who pay to watch Celtic play (season ticket holders), have reason to believe that the quality of professional football refereeing in Scotland has deteriorated following the implementation of VAR in October 2022 and the game is losing and will continue to lose its integrity unless there is fundamental change in the way referees are provided by the SFA.

A way to create a fundamental change is to apply the model of a service provider (The SFA) and service user (The Leagues) to the way referees are recruited, developed, appointed, and monitored. This model happens in normal business. 

Note the word “service”, for this is the way that much of what the SFA do could be viewed.

The SFA provide a number of services to the clubs who play in Scotland. The SFA should not be seen as their masters but their servants. The clubs in their professional leagues are the customers and the SFA are the service providers. This would be a huge cultural change, allowing competition to provide such services from outside Scotland and avoiding the domestic problems associated with recruiting from within a limited population pool. This is how it would work –

The Referee Service
This would be split between the SFA and The Leagues. The SFA would be responsible for the recruitment, training and appointment of match officials for individual games. 
The Leagues (the customer) would take over the monitoring and evaluation of referee performance, using current and/or former referees from any Association to mark to an agreed standard which would be set after consultation between The Leagues and the SFA.

This split of responsibilities would prevent any one person being in a position to exert his own influence on referees as a result of being part of both the appointment and evaluation processes. 

It would safeguard the SFA and referees from the perception/beliefs that arise from them ‘marking their own homework’. This should surely lead to a higher standard of referee because The Leagues, rather than the SFA, would have a real say in setting the standard required. This happens everywhere in business but not in Scottish football.

If there are not enough referees in Scotland to meet the standard it would free The Leagues to hire their own referees from wherever they can source them. Creating a bigger referee pool allows a referee’s allegiance to any particular club(s) to be declared without any reduction in performance quality. It would mirror what alreadyhappens in England as a result of them having many more referees to choose from due to the wider population demography there.

The competition that a “Service Provider / Service User Model” creates should raise standards to a moreprofessional level and any of our referees who reached those professional standards will find themselves in more demand outside of Scotland. Everybody wins.

The Leagues not the SFA should be responsible for VAR appointments either referees from the SFA or a contracted VAR provider. The latter could also provide the Referee Monitor service for The Leagues freeing the SFA to become trainers and developers of referees at lower levels to eventually rise through the ranks to become professional referees and work with the VAR provider to ensure a steady flow of talent.

Shareholder Statement
I have read the foregoing case for a fundamental change to how referees are administered in Scotland and the benefits of such a change as described and I believe the case has merit. 

Accordingly, I request that the Celtic Board pursue a case for fundamental change with the SFA and UEFA to address those issues given that Celtic make a contribution to the funding of VAR under the current arrangement which shareholders think must be justified.


Of (Residential Address used when shares were registered) ________________________________________________________________

being an Ordinary shareholder of Celtic Plc (the ‘Company’) and/or a convertible Preferred Ordinary shareholder of Celtic Plc , under Reference Number(s) ___________________________________________________  


Dated: _____________________________________ 

Delivery Instructions

The above resolution can be viewed at

It fits on one page and it can be downloaded or printed from the page that opens from the link.

If you do not have a printer then save the downloaded file to a memory stick and ask a family member or friend to print or check your local library has a printer for public use or you can visit this site . and pay £3.08 to have the document printed and sent to you for completion.

For those with access to the UK postal service the simplest delivery route is to post the completed form to 

The Company Secretary Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE, Scotland

with a short covering note to your liking.

(If you use the UK postal service can you please e mail 

to let us know it has been posted as we need to keep track of numbers.)

For those who cannot use the UK postal service you can download or print the form from same link at 

then do the following from the screen it opens:

1. Select File on far left of the Menu Bar

2. Print direct (if you have a printer)

3. or Download to your PC/Laptop etc usually to a Download folder.

4. Open the Downloaded form and print it (File/Print) -or Save to a memory stick to take to friend or local library to print or use the printer service mentioned above.

5. Complete the required shareholder details to let Celtic confirm you are a shareholder.

6. Either Scan or take a photo of the signed form on your mobile phone (try and get it as straight as possible and shadow free)

7. If you have an e mail app on your mobile phone open a new e mail and attach the photo image and e mail signed image of completed form to

8. If you do not have an e mail app on your mobile transferthe photo image on your mobile to your pictures/scan or whatever folder held for images on your PC/Laptop via a  USB cable or wireless/bluetooth.

9. Open your PC/Laptop e mail account,  attach  the saved image and e mail to where it will be forwarded to Celtic to hold when 100 plus signed resolution images have been received to let the resolution be considered under the annual AGM process if not before.

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Jobo Baldie
March 22, 2024 7:22 am

Good morning friends and a Big Happy International Matchday Friday to all who post or lurk on this fine site.

March 22, 2024 7:26 am
March 22, 2024 7:26 am

The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive has nominated Blood Cancer UK as the recipient for funds for the next six months to 31/07/2024,and we are getting close to achieving our SECOND TARGET.

We have set up a GoFundMe page for those who have some spare cash to donate,even from a lucky windfall or finding a tenner in the street.

Click on the link for more details,including how to donate.

Please give generously to a very deserving cause. Although our first target has now been achieved-and many thanks for your generosity!-we can always hope to do more.

March 22, 2024 7:27 am

I received a very welcome e-mail a couple of weeks ago from one of our regular posters. He was letting me know that he had been given the news that his recently diagnosed prostate cancer hadn’t spread elsewhere. Obviously,I let him know how delighted I was on hearing this,but it got me thinking-I haven’t had mine checked,not ever!

Nobody wants to think about cancer of any kind. Even the word itself strikes fear into most of us. Few either really want to think about the initial testing for this particular form of it,with its lurid examples on tv and film over the years. Sadly,and particularly if you are over 50yo,you should be!

March is Prostate Cancer Aware Month,and you might be interested in reading the following:-


Fortunately,the initial tests need not be as barbaric and mediaeval as are widely thought. There is a PSA test,which is essentially a blood test. So just a little prick!

Either way,if you have any concerns,please seek medical advice at the earliest opportunity.

San Luis
March 22, 2024 7:36 am

Fantastic work Bobby and team.

I’m in!

Jobo Baldie
March 22, 2024 7:39 am

As a shareholder, I am happy to put my name to the draft resolution and even I should be able to follow those instructions to print, sign and post to the Company Secretary.
But just so I’m clear on this can I check if individuals are all doing this on their own and not part of a more coordinated plan – for example, everyone posting to Celtic on the same day, or whatever. How will Celtic be alerted to the fact that over 100 letters have been sent? Is there a danger that if I sent mine, say tomorrow that it would just end up in the Secretary’s bin without him realising that it is the first of many to come?
I’m not questioning the process but just dont want to mess anything up by my own actions!

Just Sayin’
March 22, 2024 7:40 am

Wouldn’t it be more effective if the signed individual statements were collected together and delivered as one document to Celtic Park.

A photo opportunity with a bit of fanfare to publicise wider!

Like petitions delivered to Downing Street!

March 22, 2024 7:43 am


I’m sure those issues you point out can be addressed. In the meantime,please keep any suggestions coming,folks.

Bada Bing
March 22, 2024 8:09 am

Techy problem- can anyone recommend a download for a laptop, to play plug in speakers? I have Realtek built into a Lenovo, and sometimes it plays, sometimes it doesn’t, when linked to a projector, to play a presentation, thanks in advance

March 22, 2024 8:25 am

Jobo Baldie
As a shareholder, I am happy to put my name to the draft resolution and even I should be able to follow those instructions to print, sign and post to the Company Secretary.
But just so I’m clear on this can I check if individuals are all doing this on their own and not part of a more coordinated plan – for example, everyone posting to Celtic on the same day, or whatever. How will Celtic be alerted to the fact that over 100 letters have been sent? Is there a danger that if I sent mine, say tomorrow that it would just end up in the Secretary’s bin without him realising that it is the first of many to come?
I’m not questioning the process but just dont want to mess anything up by my own actions!
Thanks Jobo. Good question.

It is important that a track is kept of the number signing up which is why those using the UK postal service are asked to tell SC they have acted using the . If they could hold off posting until next Wed, Celtic will know by then now it has gone public what will be arriving by post.

For those using the signed image by e mail route these will be held on same e mail inbox until the 100 target has been reached or passed and thereafter for later arrivals and then forwarded to Celtic to make them aware that shareholders are seeking improvement.

That way SC will be able to keep track of numbers.

March 22, 2024 8:28 am

Just Sayin’
Wouldn’t it be more effective if the signed individual statements were collected together and delivered as one document to Celtic Park.

A photo opportunity with a bit of fanfare to publicise wider!

Like petitions delivered to Downing Street!
See reply to Jobo and if paper copies of signed images are needed what you suggest should be possible.

March 22, 2024 8:57 am

If you do decide to deliver the signatures to Celtic Park, make the appointment with John Paul Taylor, that makes it more transparent and as you say a good photo opportunity, more publicity and pick a significant day on the Celtic calendar like for example the 25th May or whatever, that ties it into a specific date which could be mentioned too.

March 22, 2024 9:05 am

Good Morning Sentinels, thanks for the comments re: yesterday morning’s VAR post, apologies for the delay getting back, so just a few points…

JoBo @ 9:22 am,

Thanks, yes, when Brendan went to the lengths he did to call it out, my thoughts were he knows he’s on solid ground.

Your reply to EL’s sound observation on handball was enlightening, gives weight to not only our point but to Motherwell’s statement.

AToB @ 9:29 am,

Yes, hopefully Celtic will present a defence that makes it will be difficult for the VAR to referee the games on a whim, or, as I suspect is the case, play tag team officiating.

MM @ 9:49 am,

BR gave a number of interviews where he was speaking off the cuff.
From memory he was very careful on most occasions to mention competency — that is what he wanted from MIB / VAR.
Not sure if in one if his later interviews he used the “incompetent” and that is what the SFA are going after.

That’s the point of course, Brendan Rogers did not speak off the cuff, yet the SFA wish to portray it as a bad loser rant after a defeat.

Most fall for it, including Celtic fans.

Yet his words were considered and accurate.

Read the IFAB protocols in my comment, then play BR’s post match presser – everything thing he states there is on the money.

At the end of the presser linked in the comment, he does say the only way he could describe it is incompetence.

Surely that’s the least of it, if this hearing has anything to do with Crawford Allan’s resignation then maybe, just maybe, they’ll think again before resuming business as usual.


Hail Hail

Granny Macs Bhoy
March 22, 2024 9:18 am

Quick question, how important is the address info? I get the yearly cheque at my current address and thinking it would be ok to use this? Anyway heading up to the loft to dig out the certs and papers that might have details from then.

March 22, 2024 9:27 am


I think the Motherwell statement (see link in the article) is a perfect example of what you said yesterday. Two similar incidents. Two contradictory explanations. And is it really a surprise that Beaton’s bestie,McLean,should double down on the new Beaton interpretation of handball first chance he got,less than two weeks later?

March 22, 2024 9:40 am

Wee heads up on scam calls,folks. Latest one is from

+44 7677 056183

which is from an American HMRC employee telling me to press 1 to speak to their officer in order to avoid imminent legal action.

March 22, 2024 10:01 am

Bada you don’t need any download for speakers you just plug any pair into your laptop audio out port (or headphone port) on your laptop and give them a power source either connect them to a USB port or a wall socket, and the sound will come out through the connected speakers.


Jobo Baldie
March 22, 2024 10:02 am

Auldheid – so if the advice is to try to post our letters next Wednesday I’ll set a reminder to do that. I understand that you’re also getting this publicity out via email so it might be worthwhile updating folk on your distribution list about that. And then there’s any WhatsApp Groups or other social media that you’re using…. 😉

March 22, 2024 10:04 am

BMCUWPS @ 9:27 am,

Yes, the fraternity and there little games, they think it’s their smarts that make them bulletproof.

In fact, it’s the SFA being more than willing to give them a platform to indulge, and shield them from responsibility that’s allowed them to get away with it for so long.

This platform is changing…

SPL final league position is potentially greatly financially rewarding, the chance of European football (at all levels) bringing potential life changing sums of money to Scottish Clubs means the stakes are higher.

With the Clubs funding VAR, threats to take away the cash as it’s a waste of money because Scottish match officials can’t follow the IFAB protocols will be highly embarrassing for the SFA.

These strict and clear protocols that need to be followed and there is a technological record of the match incident decision making process, so like Celtic are currently doing, insisting on this “data” as evidence to defend a notice of complaint makes it harder for the Officials to hide behind their smoke’n mirrors.

Hail Hail

March 22, 2024 10:12 am


Yep,and withdrawing funding from VAR would mean referees not being allowed to officiate abroad. No more club or international freebie junkets. Starve them into doing their job properly.

March 22, 2024 10:14 am

I sincerely hope Brendan has top notch lawyers with him , he will be dealing with sleekit people who will have been doing there homework . Has Peter got a part to play in celtics grievance with the SFA ,been looking but haven’t seen any mention of him .

Bada Bing
March 22, 2024 10:26 am

ASWGL- that’s what I’ve been doing, sometimes get volume,other times not,need to go into Realtek ,which is built in, and mess about to try get volume, then next time I try,no volume, thanks for reply

Bada Bing
March 22, 2024 10:26 am
March 22, 2024 10:27 am

Chairbhoy et al…I’d expect Celtic have already submitted their defence in writing, from memory this is how the SFA conduct their Disciplinary Cases; the complaint is raised, the team and person are notified and a guilty/not guilty response is requested, if a hearing is required comments from the accused are submitted prior to the hearing, a committee is assembled to hear the case and judge on it.
So, when Celtic, Brendan and their team of KCs rock up to Hampden next week Team Tweed Jacket will already have shit the bed! Why do you think Allan has already gone – because they know how Celtic are gonna go at ’em.
It seems to me this time the SFA have shown their hands too many times in respect not only of how VAR is being operated here but also the disparate ways in which certain issues are handled eg The Huns and Big Phil’s outbursts about refereeing standards and the non-appointment of certain officials.
To my mind, Brendan will be found guilty but will receive a suspended ban.
The bigger picture though, is that a huge shot has been fired across the bows of the SFA and after next week’s hearing there will NEED to be a marked difference in how the whole Refereeing Business is managed in this Greatest Wee Country.
Add in the fact that Celtic should by then already have received notice of the Shareholder Resolution and both Celtic and the SFA will appreciate that the status quo is seriously threatened.
What we need from Celtic now is to understand how much this hearing is just the tip of the iceberg, this hearing needs to be the start of the beginning of change. We know the SFA will procrastinate as its how they work, change is not good for entrenched committees.
Once the ball starts rolling it needs to keep going.
That’s the biggest problem the Resolution faces!

March 22, 2024 10:57 am

BMCUWPS @ 10:12 am,

Good point, messing with their Kulture one thing, but messing with their Kash.!?

McCaff @ 10:27 am,

Excellent comment…

Totally agree, hopefully the SFA take time over the International break to brief their match officials and put some serious thought into the structure and personnel in the refereeing leadership.

Hail Hail

March 22, 2024 10:59 am


That’s the biggest problem the Resolution faces!
Indeed, but lessons learned from the Albatross Res have been considered in terms of keeping the need for change high up on Celtic’s to do list.

There will be a follow up if the target of 100 plus is met.

March 22, 2024 11:03 am


Re updating shareholders on e mail list.

Did that earlier.

If they all sign up we are halfway there.

Craig 76
March 22, 2024 11:30 am

You’d think the former England No1 would know the colours of the English flag 😂😂

Lost in translation ...
March 22, 2024 11:39 am

Cb @ 9.05

The issue with BR’s comments is that they will go after everything he said not just his comments at the post match press conference / round of interviews.

My point is that he started off being very focused and considered — all he was looking for was competency.
Over time and a number of interviews he then used the word incompetent in his comments.

The first scenario would appear to be OK.
The second opens him up to SFA / SPFL sanction.

My point is that BR is pretty clued up / able to access top quality support and advice.
So not sure if the move towards “incompetency” in his remarks was planned or not.

The issue is now fully out in the open and any tribunal allows evidence to be offered.
If that evidence includes a heavy stats analysis of SPL MIB / VAR decisions — hard work will generate results.
All of which could be mood music to sort out our Ludge MIB / Ludge VAR issues and poor performance levels.
He already has the dimension that they don’t know the rules or they apply them selectively — see stats work for confirmation.

So a hard fought tribunal could be very useful
It will definitely highlight the mood of the SFA / SPL.
Dying in a ditch to save the reputations of their officials.
Plus the satisfaction of getting one over on us — control freakery at its worst.

BR might lose the battle but win the war.

March 22, 2024 11:55 am

Mitch…you are misunderstanding the ‘battens down, secure what we have’ approach of the SFA. The charge against Brendan is very simple, very straightforward. He is reported to have criticised and official. The evidence proves it. Guilty. Secondary to all of that is HOW Celtic and Brendan under instruction from their legal teams want to challenge VAR, the Refs and ultimately the SFA. There is nowhere in the hearing that allows for this, Celtic may use it, Brendan may use it but it can be oh so easily dismissed as irrelevant if the SFA decide that. There’s a much bigger picture here, and that is what Celtic/Brendan are challenging. As I said earlier I think Brendan will be found guilty, because he is as defined by the Rules and Regulations, the issue is what happens afterwards…how far are Celtic prepared to run with it. They will not set a precedent and find Brendan not guilty, that would be suicide for a Committee that hides behind Rules and Regs. I’ve been there with the SYFA, btw, you would not believe how archaic the processes are, and it is their Bible. Nothing can be challenged and the rules are written as such.
Only time will tell but Allan’s departure is a sign that something is rotten in the State of Denmark!!

March 22, 2024 12:12 pm

FFS make yer minds up, i have just posted mine by RM snail mail. Do i now need to print another so they can be delivered en masse? Do you know how much feckin’ printer ink cost these days?🤬🤬

Method of delivery to the suits at Celtic should have been discussed and agreed in advance don’t ya think?

Lost in translation ...
March 22, 2024 12:12 pm

McC @ 11.55

Not sure I get your point given we have 90% alignment as we violently agree on this.

The tribunal might dismiss any evidence put forward — but that evidence will now exist.
The SFA with their tribunal have given the club a platform to publicise any evidence they care to collect.
The tribunal — as you say — might have to convict BR but what about the court of public opinion.
Hard facts have a history of sticking around no matter the legal view.

As you note the result will probably be Guilty based on the use of the word “incompetence”.
However it is worth losing a battle if we win the war.

The war being Ludge VAR / Ludge MIB vs the laws of the game / common sense / reality / our current SPL campaign.
The club need to go to town on this and detail the arguments they used to defend BR.

March 22, 2024 12:18 pm


Thanks,mate. And well done.

And don’t worry about the resolution getting there ahead of some others. Let Royal Mail remove that concern with their new updated service plan of delivery probably and eventually.

March 22, 2024 12:23 pm

Shouldn’t there be a draft cover letter also just to save hassle? Just need to sign it.

March 22, 2024 12:29 pm


No sweat.

If you think we never thought of getting clarification you underestimate the hosts, and the instructions provided cover all possibilities.

No need to do it again. Chances are your signed form will not arrive until Tuesday anyway.

Celtic will know by weekend what is on Sentinel Celts as its public from today, but a delay to posting until Wed will make sure no surprises at their end. That’s all.

In fact thanks for acting so quickly.

We thought any covering note be left with individuals.

It only has to say please keep the attached resolution in respect of improving referee standards as more are on the way to justify consideration as a resolution for next AGM.

March 22, 2024 12:32 pm

Mitch…my point was there’s no capacity for the SFA to go after anything other than the direct criticism of the official, by the same token neither can Brendan feasibly use previous decisions etc as a defence. The wording of the charge, which is how the Committee operate and live by, is indisputable.
As I said and you have repeated, how it moves forward is the crux of the matter.

March 22, 2024 1:27 pm

“If you do decide to deliver the signatures to Celtic Park, make the appointment with John Paul Taylor,….”
JPT is on holiday. He will be back in his office on Monday.

Lost in translation ...
March 22, 2024 1:29 pm

McC @ 12.33

Play the extenuating circumstances card.
The history of poor decisions.
The elastic snapped.

March 22, 2024 1:45 pm

LiT @ 11:39 am,

Yes, there is always the after match emotion to take into account.

There is also the fact he may well be prepared to take the sanction as a price to pay for; a) Making the point b) Upping the ante.

Yet for me, this was a “strategic rant”, Celtic had done there homework and were waiting for the right scenario to make his point.

Is this the toughest we’ve been with the Officiating since Lord Reid was replaced by Ian Bankier!?

If so, does it mark a change in our approach?

Hail Hail

March 22, 2024 1:48 pm

Mitch….the thing is there are no extenuating circumstances. Brendan is guilty. As I said earlier I’m not sure you understand the Boeling Club Committee mentality of these guys, the rules are everything, to be followed at all costs, otherwise their control is lost.

Jobo Baldie
March 22, 2024 1:49 pm

McCaff- nail on head. While we all wish we could use Brendan’s hearing to expand into other concerns, the other side will stay focused on the single issue before them. After the Hearts game, did Brendan’s words overstep the mark. Whataboutery wont come into it.
Reminds me on the one and only ‘disciplinary’ panel I sat on in work relating to an officer who had been (allegedly) fiddling their flexi records – I.e. signing in 15 minutes before they arrived, putting their leaving g time as 10 minutes later than the reality, etc, etc. For months and months. At their hearing the conversation went something like –
Q. Have you ever put a wrong time on your flexi sheet.
A. Well, who hasn’t?
Q. So are you saying that you have?
A. I’m saying that pretty much everybody has put a wrong time at some point?
Q. So are you like everybody else then?
A. I’ve not fiddled my flexi!
Q. Sounds like you have…
The evidence was then presented, the guy was demoted.

March 22, 2024 1:51 pm

Scotland U-21 vs Kazakhstan. 4-1

March 22, 2024 1:54 pm

Thanks for your help everyone. Hopefully we make the 100 needed.

March 22, 2024 1:56 pm

Jobo…the Rules and Regs are written, rewritten and re-written again to iron out any slipholes! Years of practice have given the SFA the controlling hand here, the issue as I’ve already stated is how hard and how long Celtic are prepared to fight the VAR issue rather than the fait accomplait that is the case against Brendan.

St tams
March 22, 2024 2:01 pm

I was just wondering, if our CEO, has made a statement regarding VAR , similar to the Motherwell one.
Or is Brendan left to do all the dirty work on his own.

March 22, 2024 2:01 pm

INIQUITOUS: Thanks for that very helpful, was only making a suggestion to try to elicit more publicity for the Resolution, both my son and myself have filled in the Resolution with all our share details and have a letter written in place for posting out on Wednesday. But Ta.
Incidentally, been suffering from Sciatica for most of the year, now spread to my feet, sparky, seeing the specialist next week. But took your advice and bought a new firm mattress and a low firm pillow, its helping me get a better sleep. Ta. once again.
Now, looking for a night nurse 😉

March 22, 2024 2:11 pm

Anyone wanting to hand in a signed resolution can mark covering envelope with

FAO Company Secretary. A big part of his role is preparation for the AGM.

Prestonpans bhoys
March 22, 2024 2:53 pm

If you want a good laugh popping into Ibrox noise is fun they are talking about a Saudi bid for Tavpen….

“They are also aware of what Tavernier would set them back which we believe would be close to £20M, despite his age being well north of 30 nowadays.”

March 22, 2024 3:03 pm

INIQUITOUS IV @ 1:51 pm,

Some good young footballers in that Scotland side…

Bowie, Doig, Conway, Fiorini

All look the real deal and lots of competition for places there…

Hail Hail

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