Twitter favourite Charlotte Fakeover has revealed more evidence of the key role that Campbell Ogilvie played in the tax schemes set up by Rangers (IL).
In his regular friendly media interviews the President of the SFA portrays himself as the innocent victim in the tax scandal, an all-round good egg caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as others damaged Scottish football and denied the exchequer of millions of pounds.
That image is in complete conflict with his role of club director signing off the club accounts on behalf of shareholders ensuring that the club is compliant with company law and is seen as an on-going business for the next 12 months.
Charlotte’s latest revelations have published a letter from 1999 signed by Director/Secretary Ogilvie sent to Montreal Limited of Jersey requesting that £149,998 be paid ‘to provide remuneration for a valued employee of Rangers Football Club plc’.
This payment was part of the Discounted Option Scheme which became known as the wee tax case which resulted in Rangers owing £6m to HMRC once the scheme was challenged, shortly afterwards the club started to use Employee Benefit Trusts with Ogilvie receiving a payment of £95,000 from that scheme.
In March 2012 SFA chief executive Stewart Regan described Ogilvie’s situation as ‘I think it’s pretty obvious that he’s heavily conflicted’.
By his own inaction Regan is also heavily conflicted as Ogilvie continues to play a part in the decision making process of Scottish football.
Revealing that Ogilvie had a hands on role in the wee tax case is likely to be ignored by the SFA who have shown a complete disregard to apply the laws of the game without fear or favour.
Despite having an unpaid tax bill of £6m the SFA provided Rangers with a licence to play in European competition for the 2011/2012 season denying other member clubs an opportunity to participate in UEFA competitions.
Ironically Ally McCoist’s failure to see of Malmo and Maribor has been cited as the main reason for the club going into administration in February 2012.
While Regan and Ogilvie continue to shuffle papers and attempt to move on for the good of Scottish football it’s likely that more and more damaging revelations will come to light.
In June Ogilvie was re-elected unopposed as President of the SFA.
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