Letter re Referees

Published on Monday 5th April, 2010 by Celtic Trust

The Celtic Trust, and other organisations approached the SFA to outline our serious concerns

1. As a result of evidence accumulated during this football season 2009/10, the Celtic support in all forms, who are major contributors to the financial well being* of the game in Scotland, have lost all confidence in the ability of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to administer professional football in Scotland in manner that reflects their duty of care to all aspects of the game and everyone who takes part in it. 2. The lost confidence will only be restored by the implementation of policies and procedures covering four major areas of concern viz: (i) Transparency in Appointments Procedures (ii) Transparency in Disciplinary Procedures (iii) Accountability of all Office Holders (iv) An Annual and Independent Audit of SFA Policies, Appointments and Disciplinary Procedures. 3. The Celtic support asks Celtic to convey our concerns and their provenance to the appropriate authorities as they see fit viz: • Football Authority in Scotland (The SFA) • and Europe (UEFA) • Civil authority (on the issue of proper governance.) 4. We note the Review of Scottish Football being conducted by Henry McLeish and ask if his terms of reference agreed with the SFA cover the issues described above and if not, why not and will they be added? * Note: As a club, we are 1 member of the SFA (i.e. 2.5% share of voice), however as supporters with average gates of 55,000+ then we represent approx 33% of the 170,000 CUSTOMERS who pay to watch Scottish Football. Having 2.5% customer dissatisfaction is a problem,33% is a disaster waiting to happen.


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