Former Compliance Officer has his say on title decision and UEFA ruling

ItsInTheNet

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UEFA will be unable to ban Scottish clubs from the Champions League and Europa League next season if the SPFL decide not to complete the current Ladbrokes Premiership campaign, it was today claimed.

European football’s governing body, in conjunction with the European Clubs Association and European Leagues, wrote to their 55 member associations last week warning them it is “premature and not justified” to abandon league campaigns.

UEFA indicated that, after the Belgian Pro League moved to declare Club Brugge champions, clubs might not be granted entry to their lucrative club competitions in the 2020/21 season if they do so.

The SPFL are holding a series of conference calls this week to discuss the implications of the coronavirus crisis and the ongoing shutdown of football.

Tony McGlennan, the former SFA compliance officer who is now a lawyer specialising in corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters, believes they will be able to argue their champions were decided on “sporting merit” if they can't complete the fixture list.

"I don't see that term further defined in the (UEFA) regulations, nor is there reference of that being at the conclusion of a season," he told BBC Scotland yesterday.

"If (the SPFL) have financial or other reasons which is encouraging them to call or declare their league, there would be, on the basis of that criteria, an argument to say the final standing is based on sporting merit.

"Against that, there is a difficulty for them as they will be seemingly doing it in the teeth of UEFA opposition. It's a quandary.

"They would have a case, as far as I can see, to take this course of action and argue it with UEFA. I suspect that they may be more comfortable doing it with UEFA's acquiescence."

McGlennan continued: "This is a hugely unenviable task. The SPFL have to do what they consider right for their members. There will be varying interests within that, financial pressures, clubs in distress who will be looking at distribution of prize money.

"Equally, they will have their future relationship with UEFA to consider, they will also have where this may leave them in terms of eligibility for European competition. It's a risk-based analysis for the SPFL.”

Meanwhile, McGlennan, who was the SFA compliance officer between 2014 and 2018, has dismissed the likelihood of the final Premiership matches being played behind closed doors this summer due to safety concerns amid the current crisis.

"A game played behind closed doors doesn't have the same conditions as a game played live," he said. "Most obviously, the home team doesn't gain the usual home support benefit.

"If we play games behind closed doors, inevitably there is the greater risk of crowds gathering nearer stadia, of gatherings to watch the match on TV. It's hard to see how that would help the current situation."
 

devilman

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I would suspect UEFA could do what they want with their own competition. Also, bearing in mind that UEFA are one of the lowest forms of group on the planet - does the SPFL or SFA think they'll be getting any favours and not be shat on from a great height if they go against UEFA's wishes. Not to mention the fact that if you take legal action against UEFA the SFA and SPFL could find themselves bombed out altogether.

The desperation is high from these people. All about giving Celtic their title and that is that. Arseholes like this ex-compliance officer seem to think the SFA is a powerhouse of football or something.
 

CooperShoots

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Their wheeling out everyone now aren’t they.

‘Sporting Merit’ must be the new buzz word.

It’s actually disgusting how much they are pushing this. Trying so hard to be awarded a championship they haven’t even won yet.

Every one of these stories has a drip drip affect that try’s to makes people believe it would be the best thing to do.
 

Timardim

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Maybe they're pushing so hard because they think there might not be some clubs around to complete the season
 

EH47

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So, it wouldnt be right to play the remaining matches behind closed doors because, well, it just wouldnt be right?
BUT, it would be perfectly fine not to play them at all and just hand celtc the flag and forget all about the possibility of a recurrence of the events that ended with Helicopter Sunday?
Aye, right you are Tony the Tarrier.
 

legalbeagle

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Apparently finishing the season with dozens of points up for grabs is preferable to playing the actual games behind closed doors? Bizarre mental gymnastics to justify this nonsense.
 

Carlton The Bear

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So, it wouldnt be right to play the remaining matches behind closed doors because, well, it just wouldnt be right?
BUT, it would be perfectly fine not to play them at all and just hand celtc the flag and forget all about the possibility of a recurrence of the events that ended with Helicopter Sunday?
Aye, right you are Tony the Tarrier.
I know. It really has reached ludicrous levels now. I read that nonsense and didn’t know what to do first: laugh or facepalm.
 

Craig McColl

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UEFA make their rules up and if you don't follow them you're out.End of discussion well know you can't take them to court or they just won't let you
 

ndr429j

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Is it funny how when wee are told that we have to not sing song and be on our best behavior and are watched by fare and we can do nothing about it as it is eufa rules and its there rules so we have to obay to be in there competitions. But when it suites the tims and there lacky's they cannot force these rules what a load of shit from the former compliance officer
 

turps100

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I genuinely wonder if UEFA have said they are considering taking the league back to played twice, because the way that mob are prostituting themselves to all and sundry to get the league declared smacks of huge despiration.
 

George_Costanza

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Give it to the Hoops cause they were gonnae win it anyway an nat

Basically that is what he is saying

I never thought I would so many unashamed Celtic supporting scum in so many position of power and not just in football

15% or so of the population is catholic I bet more than 50% of the top jobs are filled with them
 
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