Published on Monday 8th November, 2010 by Celtic Trust
In April of this year, the Celtic Trust wrote to the then Chief Executive of the SFA, Gordon Smith, to ask for a meeting. In that letter, we set out our concerns about the lack of transparency and accountability in the way that the SFA goes about its business generally but with particular reference to referees. We indicated our view (a view supported by those who attended the series of Open Meetings of Celtic supporters last season) that a thorough review of procedures was needed and that, in particular, the appeals system needed to be changed. The appeals system was subsequently changed although we still have few details of what changes have been made. Gordon Smith resigned shortly thereafter and the meeting did not take place. Shortly after taking up his post, we contacted Stewart Regan and repeated our request for a meeting. Mr Regan replied to us last week to say that he was too busy to meet us and that, in any event, he would be meeting with officials from Celtic FC. We do not find this reply acceptable and intend to pursue the matter with Mr Regan. However, we note at this time, that statements coming from the SFA, appear to indicate that a review is going to take place and the aspirations of transparency and accountability echo the language of our original letter. While we welcome this, we call on Mr Regan to provide more detail as to the nature of this review. Any review which seeks to achieve transparency and accountability should itself be transparent. In particular, the SFA Chief Executive indicated in an interview that he understood that it was ‘important to receive buy-in from all stakeholders’; we would be interested to know how he hopes to achieve this and how it fits in with his current refusal to meet with a supporters’ organisation. In light of current events, this is now a matter of extreme urgency. With reference to those current events, our view is that Dougie McDonald’s position is now untenable and he should resign or be sacked. Furthermore, we believe that Hugh Dallas has questions to answer over his role in the events immediately following the game in question. The integrity of the SFA is now in question and the new Chief Executive must now publish a full account of the whole affair.