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Sandy Jardine has been diagnosed with liver cancer. Good luck to him.
He looks very youthful for 63.
I was listening to Neil Doncaster on Radio Scotland on the way home and my despair for Scottish football only grows deeper.
His/the SPLs proposal is for two leagues of 12 in a pretty blatant attempt at bringing the current 1st division sides into the SPL fold. It might work too, who can tell, although current Div 1 rent-a-quote Turnbull Hutton of Raith Rovers sounded decidedly cold towards it and the SPL in general.
But if I can see this is cynical attempt at splitting Scottish club football further and shore up the SPL powerbase why can't the BBC team interviewing him? How does two leagues of 12, basically what we have now except the Div 1 teams will get a wee bit more money, actually fix anything that's wrong with the game?
They don't want a 16 team league because it'll lead to too many "meaningless games". How can professional football matches be meaningless exactly?
And being the BBC the only fuckin question they have is whether Rangers will be fast-tracked into it!!! FUCK OFF! WE DON'T FUCKIN WANT FAST-TRACKED FUCKIN ANYWHERE, CAN'T YOU FUCKIN UNDERSTAND THAT YOU FUCKIN OBSESSIVE FUCKIN MUPPETS.
Honest to fuck, two leagues of 12, is that the best we can do?
A 16 or 18 team SPL makes sense. There will be more scorelines of 4 and 5 nil when the teams at the bottom play the top sides but it means more players are being exposed to a higher level of football which can only be a good thing.
I'd also like to see a proper tiered system in place as well (the lower you go you'd probably have to regionalise it). I can't see this happening though as I don't see the SJFA calling it a day and granting control to the SFL.
The verdict on Rangers' tax troubles is in.
The club's use of the employee benefit trusts has been deemed illegal by a majority verdict.
The payments to players etc are recoverable for tax purposes.
This verdict is seemingly so complicated and convoluted that not even RangersTaxCase can quite work out whether Rangers have won or lost.
It appears that Rangers have won, after a fashion. The tribunal found that they were not breaching tax law when they made these payments, but that the ex-players, coaches and officials can be chased for repayment. In other words, the tax will be recovered from them and not the club.
The stripping of titles could still happen, not because RFC broke tax laws, but because they broke SFA rules in having "side contracts":
Another tax case beyond that maniac White's involvement in just giving up on paying the PAYE bill I mean.
Yeah, there is. It's smaller than this one though.
Interesting series of posts there AB2, it went from 'the fuckers are guilty' to 'erm, it seems they aren't, well, hopefully we can still steal their titles'. Says it all I'm afraid.
So it was all bolloks in the end, a witch hunt with many willing cheerleaders. I hear Murray is going to sue, I hope those bitter, bitter cunts at the sainted Rangers Tax Case get fucked sideways by his QC and whoever the cunt(s) at HMRC was that leaked everything goes to prison.
I feel nothing but anger tonight. Whilst there is a vindication of sorts my club still got raped and left for dead whilst countless thousands laughed and cheered and shouted 'cheat' as loud as they could. All because HMRC don't know there own fuckin rules. I generally laugh at the conspiracy theorists but this stinks it really does.
Not sure why RTC would be subject to legal action though. The verdict is that the whole EBT arrangement was not deemed taxable income but a loan arrangement. It still happened though.
As for HMRC, they merely make a claim for what they consider to be taxable income. It's up to a higher authority (in this case the Tribunal) to decide whether this claim is valid. Win some, lose some. In any case, HMRC have 30 days to launch their own appeal. It's not done yet.
I'm pretty sure Romanov is watching on with interest. With HMRC losing quite a few high profile tax cases involving football clubs and individuals, I can see Romanov becomming even more blase about it all now.
Steady now, I think anybody who follows football would be raging if somebody like Whyte was involved in the running of their club. That he was allowed in because Murray blinked first isn't something I think you could lay at the door of the Rangers support, they deserve some sympathy as a result of what's happened here. Any other club and most Scottish fans would be behind the support while castigating the asset strippers and such that were looking to cash in.
I have no confidence in Scottish football's administrators bringing a satisfactory end to all this without further fuck ups and controversy. We're in the hands of fucking imbeciles here and they need clearing out before any further moves towards re-construction etc. are set in motion.
Looking at Romanov I think he's probably got more pressing business worries than events at Tynecastle at the moment. I think he's probaly full on blase about Hearts already.
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