Why don't you be honest and transparent about contentious decisions?

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Joe O'Rourke
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Why don't you be honest and transparent about contentious decisions?

Postby Joe O'Rourke » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:47 pm

I don’t want to get into a whole new rant about what happened on Sunday afternoon at Hampden Park. I wrote to Stuart Regan of the SFA and his reply indicated that he was not happy with the content of my complaint. I have responded to him again this morning; so i’ll leave it up to you to form an opinion.

Dear Mr Regan,

I’m sorry you found my previous mail not to your taste; I’m elected
by the member branches to represent their views and try to fulfil their
hopes and aspirations. The mail i sent you had the full backing of our
Executive Committee.

You are relatively new to Scottish Football, and i had hoped you
would have been a refreshing change to what we had been used to previously.
I met with you early in your tenure when we were about to boycott
Kilmarnock; that boycott was called off because you promised us a new era of
transparency and accountability.

So based on that; why don’t you or your match officials come out and
explain what happened on Sunday afternoon with regards to the missed penalty
incident? Now if that had been a match with only a single match official;
namely a referee i could accept that an incident can be missed; but we had
six officials; and three of them in close proximity to the incident; so if
all three are saying they missed the incident; then i would conclude at
least one and possibly more are not telling the truth.

I believe the conversation between the officials is recorded. For
the benefit of all concerned; and to be totally transparent why don’t you
release a transcript of what was said; because it is clear on video that
Alan Muir was certainly speaking into his microphone; or is it another
“Dougie Dougie” situation?

Mr Regan, you can get upset all you want about the content of my
mail; you are not the one being cheated. How many “Honest Mistakes” are we
supposed to just accept? And in particular in cup semi’s and finals.

Everyone knows that human error is part of most sports, and we have
had the benefit of that too; but not as often as it has went against us. But
for the officials to claim not to have seen the incident; and the Supervisor
John Fleming to claim no-one is the stadium seen it in real time beggars
belief; i was seventy yards away and saw it.

You have now compounded the situation by suspending Josh Meekings. I
have no sympathy with Mr Keetings; by his actions in trying to con people
into thinking the ball hit him on the head; he was complicit by his actions;
but i have never known any player to be suspended in a similar situation.

So at the end of the day the officials just carry on. Managers lose
their jobs because of some of these incidents but the officials carry on
with impunity. Supporters see their team denied the opportunity to win
trophies; but the officials just get more games and more money; no wonder
the supporters are sick of it all.

Finally Mr Regan. I will continue to represent my members and the
Celtic Support in general to the best of my ability; thankfully i don’t need
your endorsement to do that. I was here a long time before you; and if God
spares me I’ll be here a long time after you have gone.


Joe O’Rourke,
General Secretary,
Celtic Supporters Association.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stewart Regan
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:53 AM

Subject: Re: Cheating.

Dear Joseph,

Given the scurrilous accusations contained within your letter - which is not
befitting a general secretary of any organisation - it would be
inappropriate to continue this correspondence any further.

Stewart M. Regan
Chief Executive
The Scottish F.A.
Tel: 0141 616 6004
Fax: 0141 616 6003
Hampden Park,
G42 9AY,
Twitter: @StewartMRegan

20/04/2015 12:18 >>>
Mr Regan,

Firstly let me congratulate Inverness Caley Thistle
and Falkirk Football Club on their achievement of reaching the Scottish FA
Cup Final. Hopefully it will be a great day for both teams and their
supporters; and the best team will win for the right reasons.

As for the match yesterday when Inverness managed to
beat my team and get to the final; that’s another story altogether; and
another example of blatant cheating involving referees and officials working
on behalf of the SFA.

I make no apologies whatsoever for using the term
“CHEATING” as i was sitting about seventy yards away in the North Stand and
clearly saw the hand ball which at least three match officials much closer
than me must have seen as well.

I have watched the incident back several times and
seen the still pictures; i would like the match officials to come out and
explain why Celtic were not awarded a penalty and a red card issued to the
offending player Josh Meekings.

I would also be delighted to hear your opinion on
the incident; i assume you were in one of the better seats of Hampden and
would have had a good view of the incident.

I have said to you before there seems to be an
anti-Celtic agenda going on at the SFA; too many situations have occurred
for that not to be the case; I’ll mention a couple; you can explain them to

Derk Boerrigter, cited by the compliance officer and
given a two game suspension for simulation. No problem with that; but are we
to believe that Derk is the only player in Scottish Football who dived
seeking to gain an advantage?

Aleksandar Tonev, cited by the compliance officer
and given a seven match suspension for making a racist remark to Shay Logan.
Not one single witness or technical evidence to support the charge; yet
Aleksandar is convicted on the “Balance of probabilities”.

Leigh Griffiths, cited by the compliance officer and
charged with singing a disrespectful song about Hearts; the outcome still to
be decided.

John Guidetti, cited by the compliance officer and
charged with singing a disrespectful song about Rangers; the outcome still
to be decided.

I would like to know if the players of Celtic
Football Club are the only ones under scrutiny by the SFA. As there doesn’t
appear to be the same scrutiny used with regards to players of other teams.

Getting back to match officials. Was “Operation Stop
the Treble” confined to match officials? Or were board members like you and
Campbell Ogilvie also involved? How we have managed to be top of the league
and have already won the League Cup is a remarkable achievement in the

Steven McLean and Alan Muir have a lot of explaining
to do with regards to yesterday; and I’m not sure what part the North Stand
assistant had to play in the incident. But of course they won’t be asked to
explain why they cheated; they will be supported by you and your
accomplices; just as they always are.

McLean has a history of treating Celtic with
disdain; maybe it comes from being a supporter of Rangers; and his brother
having played for Rangers. He has been ably abetted this season by Thomson,
Madden, and Collum; to name a few.

I think the latest “Honest Mistake” might just be
the final nail in the coffin with regards to the SFA and the supporters of
Celtic FC. We will now organise our supporters groups with a view to
exerting the financial clout we have in Scottish Football.

There will be no cash cow of the Celtic Support at
Hampden for the Cup Final, you will need to be creative for once to try and
get more than 20,000 to attend; it won’t be easy not having the Celtic
supporters to suck dry.

Joe O’Rourke,

General Secretary,

Celtic Supporters Association.

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