In this international break there are no Scotland fixtures to torture myself with. So I’ve been contemplating sport in general in this window.
Football is always top of my list but this week news broke about allegations of bribery, corruption and doping in athletics. In recent times athletics has given us some memorable moments with successful Olympic and Commonwealth Games on these shores.
Now an independent commission report details doping cover-ups involving Russia and the IAAF. Russia themselves came under deserved criticism in the most recent Winter Games but this new story has blown athletics wide open.
Compared to the investigations on FIFA, this is said to be larger. No sport is without corruption it seems.
Corruption isn’t new to our world of course. We just live in an era that seems to be exposing it day after day.
Every time I watch the news it is exposing police corruption, political bribery or abuse, government fraud, a religious sex scandal or a historical paedophilia case being uncovered. I don’t know where it will end, perhaps never, but it is fair to say that these issues are a cancer of society and cannot be ignored.
It is an ongoing cleansing of humanity for matters where people have cheated, failed, betrayed, lied and covered up. It leaves you feeling somewhat disappointed with the world we live in today but more importantly are we ignoring what is going on in the present day?
That is another debate and I’m happy to bring that up another time because it has substance. Right now we have to deal with the issues before us so that we can move on but not before justice is served.
One of those matters affecting sport in Scotland is of course the Big Tax Case. Again, another historical matter and one that many are still trying to deflect.
Justice is being sought by the grand masses of Scottish football after the HMRC’s recent appeal was successful. In direct opposition the supporters of Oldco/Newco are banging a different drum.
We’ve been over this debate a million times. In fact it hasn’t died down since Oldco was put to sleep.
As a community of Celtic supporters we’ve been branded as “obsessed”. It’s nice to know they’ve moved on from calling us “paranoid”.
To go from the paranoid to obsessed implies that we were in fact right to act in such a way. With the guilty verdict coming into play there is certainly a case for being “obsessed” as well!
In all honesty though, I got bored with the Oldco story. I knew they were guilty despite the original verdict.
It was still a ongoing topic but I was done listening to it. Only now does it bear any fruit because of the appeal.
To deny such a blatant sporting advantage only demonstrates what sort of club once resided at Ibrox. The one that now resides there are linked in every way possible except the ones that make them one club.
More concerning is that our governing bodies for Scottish football are equally complicit in this matter. They did everything in their power to get Newco into the top flight eventually having to settle for entry level and I even question that.
People involved with Oldco during those years are now in the frame. Today some are present at Newco as fit and proper or even guarding the gates of Hampden.
This is as big a sporting scandal as you’ll get in Scotland. And yet, some still can’t accept it in fact they are defiant.
Personally I would be disgraced if this was my club. You can’t defend it but over at Newco they want no association with the guilt, just the ‘glory’.
It didn’t happen. Blah, blah, blah…we’re not listening.
You want the history and the titles but you don’t want the debt? Well tough because Scottish football clubs and their supporters simply will not allow it.
Like I say, we don’t live in an age of corruption. It’s the age that exposes it.
We’ve been reading about in blogs for many years now what the Scottish media failed to report. Now the truth is out and we’ll be running with this despite the media’s efforts to try and ‘move on’ after a brief acknowledgement.
Few in the media have reported heavily on it. When they have they have received abuse of the highest order.
What sort of society do we live in where that his deemed acceptable? A Scottish society apparently.
I’ve been saying for years that it would take Scottish football to fall on its knees before it saw any improvement. A golden opportunity was missed not to far back where their was a chance to make wholesale changes to benefit the whole game.
Our governing bodies showed their true colours with a very weak effort at re-branding and restructuring. When Henry McLeish got involved I thought that intervention was going to be the start of a regeneration but it wasn’t.
That moment faded faster than a Newco investment. Now, Scottish football limps on once more due to the people who run it.
Some folk will tell you that you need a strong Rangers at the top because the game needs it and that Celtic need them to help them (insert any excuse that gets them into the top flight). Is that what Sir David Murray was doing for over a decade with EBT’s – helping the Scottish game by cheating the arse out of every other club?
He hobbled away taking no blame or responsibility in the end, not even from the Rangers fans. The SFA and SPL did not investigate thoroughly because they carry the same guilt for being inept, gutless, giving a helping hand and turning a blind eye when required.
It is simple. Nobody in Scotland will rest until justice is done.
You don’t do walking away. You don’t surrender either apparently.
Good for you. I’m glad your still around to watch your club(s) crumble before your very eyes.