One of the most preposterous things said in relation to calls for an investigation and possible title-stripping following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Big Tax Case has been the following:
“Chris will helpfully bring us the latest”. 😉
Of course, I jest. It was actually “Grant! You’ll put everyone in the picture, won’t you?”. 😉
I jest once again.
It is actually the notion that the authorities will act if there is sufficient pressure from clubs/ fans for it.
Now, I am no expert in horsesh*t. But I know a steaming pile when I see one. Particularly if it has an army of (very smelly) squirrels climbing all over it.
It is truly astonishing that anyone could have sufficient contempt for common sense, sport and the intelligence of their audience to utter the words and expect anyone to take them seriously!
And it is even more outrageous that the footballing authorities are able to hide behind this crap rather than be relentlessly pursued for a coherent account of themselves and a commitment to take serious action.
But that is the situation in which we seem to find ourselves at present.
Surely the questions should always be “has wrong apparently been done? How can we test this? What sanctions can be applied if wrongdoing is proven?”
…rather than sitting there in glorious inaction until your hand is forced?
What is the point of rules, regulatory bodies and a supposedly inquisitive media if staring at your shoes until the paying customers make you do something is seen as a perfectly rational and acceptable approach?
I’ll tell you.
There is none.
- Referees only awarding legitimate goals if there is sufficient pressure for it? [Actually, let’s not give the SFA any ideas…]
- Taxi drivers declining to take a passenger home, and just sitting on the rank with the engine running until thousands of the fare’s mates start shouting at them?
- The police receiving reports of a murder (or ‘a Tweet’ depending on your preferred level of melodrama), and refusing to do anything until enough people phone insisting that they have to look into it?
- Juries in criminal trials lounging around in the jury room drinking Buckie until the weight of popular opinion forces them to make a decision?
- An invaded country only bothering to defend itself if enough folk email the authorities to take action?
The entire national sport of Scotland and those who follow it are being taken for mugs.
You know that, I know that, and I suspect that everyone working at Hampden and in the sports media knows it too.
As a result, it is good to see the Scottish Football Supporters Association (whose survey I commend) doing their stuff, alongside the dynamic new Strip The Titles initiative, and the fans of many clubs [NB I have been particularly impressed by some of the Dons’ fans].
This is clearly the time to apply – and keep up – the pressure.
Inaction by the fans – and by the clubs they may have squandered millions following in a seemingly rigged game – merely endorses the authorities’ inertia. It does this because it leaves the authorities unquestioned and unchallenged. And it does so because it appears that the vast majority of the ‘heroic’ Scottish sports media simply cannot be trusted to do anything other than desperately try to avoid rocking the boat.
Shame on them.
And well done to everyone fighting for justice. Keep it up!
Even if it means crowdfunding a judicial review.
NB Do take a few minutes to complete the Scottish Football Supporters’ Association survey, which you can find by clicking here.