Category: Politics

The Rangers Tax Case: Then, Now & Forever

Between 2001 and 2010, Rangers FC participated in an Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme, the “Murray Group Management Remuneration Trust (MGMRT). “So far as Rangers were concerned,” this scheme “enabled the Club to attract players who would not otherwise have been obtainable,” the “Murray” of the Murray Group, Rangers ex-chairman David, admitted to a “First-Tier Tax Tribunal” (FTT). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declared that scheme unlawful. In February 2013, Lord William Nimmo-Smith reported on his Scottish Premier League (SPL)-commissioned investigation into Rangers’ alleged breaching of league rules in the operation of the now-unlawful scheme. The good Lord noted...

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Stephen Caulker, Craig King & Football’s Mental Health Issue

It required a strong constitution to read Dominic Fifield’s interview with Stephen Caulker earlier this week. For anybody that has ever struggled with depression or anxiety, the language was all too familiar. The flirtations with self-destructive behaviour patterns. The feelings of worthlessness. The belief that, for all the evidence before one’s very eyes, that one is somehow “winging it”. It wouldn’t be suprising if a large part of the outpouring of sympathy for Caulker this week came about because so much of what he said rang so true for so many people. Mental illness of any sort remains one...

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The State of the Nation, 2017/18: An Overview 

There’s a chance that the summer of 2017 will, presuming that society doesn’t completely collapse over the next couple of months or so, come to be remembered as The Summer of No Football. There is a feeling of apathy hanging over the game as the year reaches its longest day, an air of lethargy that feels only accentuated by the heatwave that is currently overwhelming so many of us. For those of us that have thrown our lot in with writing about the game, this provides something of a dilemma. Our raison d’etre – be it money, an interest...

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Video Assistant Referees: A Step Too VAR?

Graham Poll would have LOVED it. Every time there was a controversial incident, and he was hardly averse to them, the cameras would have been on him to see if he would refer it to the Video Assistant referees (VARs). And when decisions were reached, the cameras would still be on HIM as he strutted around (and he WOULD strut) making said decision clear. The VAR system is under full tournament trial in the World Under-20s Cup Finals, currently wowing about 3,000 people-per-game in the Korean Republic, now that the hosts are out. It was tested in last December’s...

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Rangers: Not Relegated After All

The ruling took longer than expected but was simpler than expected. Rangers were not relegated in 2012. Don’t take my word for it (oh…you weren’t). Lord Bannatyne says so. The Scottish Court of Session judge’s decision in the Albert Ian Kinloch (AP) (Pursuer) v Coral Racing Limited (Defender) case was to “sustain the defenders third plea in law, repel the pursuer’s pleas in law and grant decree of absolvitor.” Which was obvious when you think about it. It is remarkable and reassuring that the law makes the answer to a superficially simple question such as were Rangers “relegated from...

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