Craig Whyte: Neither Fit Nor Proper, And The SFA Should Have Known This Sooner

So, Scottish venture capitalist Craig Whyte is not fit and proper to be a football club owner and director. That is amazing. I’ll be avoiding feathers for a few days, that’s for sure, because you could knock me down with even one. In one sense, and possibly two senses, the Scottish Football Association’s declaration that Whyte “is not considered a fit and proper person to hold a position within Association Football” is amazing. Firstly the SFA’s initial statement does not clearly define “a position within Association Football.” As it stands, he could be disallowed from selling golden goal tickets at a non-league club. So don’t expect him to be shouting “two for a pound” at Banstead Athletic anytime soon (not that he has ever had any link with that club at all ever). Secondly, it is amazing that someone has actually failed to meet football’s “fit and proper” criteria. Even a TV pundit as anodyne as the BBC’s Mark Lawrenson asked “has anyone ever failed a fit and proper persons’ test?”, in connection with Portsmouth FC. Their previous owner-but-two, Ali Al-Faraj, was deemed fit and proper by the English Premier League despite failing to provide proof of existence, let alone funds. For some time, the test’s only failure was Rotherham’s Denis Coleman in 2008, failed the test due to involvement in two “insolvency events” in which he was arguably...

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