Precedents Have Been Set

For many football supporters, the demise of Gretna FC in 2008 had very little impact on our lives apart from watching the death of a romantic notion. One man , Brooks Mileson stepped up to the plate and injected much of his own money into the club, ensuring promotion in 3 successive seasons and even capturing a place in the final of the Scottish Cup in 2006.
Due to illness Mr Mileson withdrew his financial backing and Gretna, unable to give guarantees that their fixtures could be played out were placed into administration, quickly followed by a swift kick in the 3rd divisions and alas liquidation. I am pretty sure that the SPL board at that time smugly shrugged their shoulders, said “nice try” and carried on with their daily business without giving much thought to history, tradition, supporters, employees or even the effect it would have on a community.
Why in 2012 should the situation be any different ?
The current SPL board, which consists of 6 members, 1 of which is Celtic director Eric Riley should surely shrug their shoulders, look towards Govan and say “nice try, bye bye”.  The 10 point deduction and that is the minimum deduction allowable does not even seem to have been discussed anywhere ? Within an hour of going into administration many Rangers fans were asking Where Are The Points, as the league table showed 51 points.  Yes administration will hopefully be painful for them however, to cheat your way through the league for so long surely deserves more ? Even more surprisingly was the news that the cheating not only took place long ago during David Murray’s reign, but as recently as last month as yet more taxes were dodged.
Will this lack of a meaningful punishment be an insight into how the SPL board will react in the future ? I sincerely hope not.
For many seasons managers and directors have bemoaned the fact that in Scotland, financially it was not a level playing field. Not many except insightful internet bloggers (who actually WORKED to reveal a story) realised exactly how uneven the pitch was throughout many seasons. Now the men who operate the tills at footballs corner shops can finally have their revenge and close the doors on Lidl Govan. And honestly, who would blame them ?
If the men of St Johnstone, Motherwell and Dundee Utd do not see their chance to expand into supermarket status then never again can they be taken seriously. If Eric Riley doesn’t join them then his position at Celtic should be made an uncomfortable one.
Will they show some backbone and ignore the calls from Government Ministers, the mainstream media, in fact anyone with orange tinted specs and hand down the justice that they handed down to a club which gained very little back in 2008 ?
I’m waiting to see but I’m not holding my breath.
Crutches.
 
 
 

Comments

  1. Well said Cruthes ! I haven’t any sympathy for any of them, from the boardroom down. Whyte has done what anyone with a brain could see he was going to do. I just feel sorry for the smaller companies that are owed money and won’t have a snowballs chance when the administrator is finished looking after himself and Whyte.
    Get the jelly and the ice-cream out!

  2. Well said Cruthes ! I haven’t any sympathy for any of them, from the boardroom down. Whyte has done what anyone with a brain could see he was going to do. I just feel sorry for the smaller companies that are owed money and won’t have a snowballs chance when the administrator is finished looking after himself and Whyte.
    Get the jelly and the ice-cream out!

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