Roger Mitchell didn’t miss the target when he attacked George Peat last night on twitter.
The former SFA President decided to dust down the cobwebs with the support of Radio Scotland to cast his mind over the good old days when Scottish football deprived HMRC millions of pounds and supporters were duped into watching a corrupt version of the game.
While Peat sat in power ignoring the demands of HMRC supporters of Queen of the South and Falkirk were denied the ultimate thrill of watching their side lift the Scottish Cup after battling through to the finals in 2008 and 2009.
This is a man who talks of ethics. Who carpetbagged his directorship to make sure he could maintain his “entitlement” to become sfa chairman. Stenhousemuir the host after previous carcass was airdrie. Club goes down. Jump ship. Maintain your blazer. I’d take no sermon from him. https://t.co/1HRPs90ddQ
— Roger Mitchell (@RPMComo) September 17, 2018
HMRC wrote to the @ScottishFA demanding to see every single Rangers player contract for the previous 10 years , Peat ( Airdrie fan ????????) never investigated Rangers@bbckennymac can ask Peat why he ignored & let Murray’s Rangers continue to cheat their way to titles & UEFA £’s https://t.co/1k4eP7pJPt
— Barcabhoy (@Barcabhoy1) September 17, 2018
George Peat was President of the SFA when HMRC knocked on the door with the equivalent of a warrant to see all of Rangers’ financial data filed with the SFA.
You would think he would have launched his own investigation. You know- for the good of the game. He did nothing. https://t.co/z5rZc097Fa
— Rangers Tax-Case (@rangerstaxcase) September 17, 2018
Denying those two clubs their moment in the sun was the Ibrox machine of Dave Murray and Walter Smith, wholly dependent on players attracted by ‘tax free’ bungs delivered through the ‘EBT’ scheme that the Supreme Court deemed illegal in July 2017.
Rangers (IL) fielded ineligible players in the 2008 and 2009 Scottish Cup Finals, contracted payments to those players was kept hidden from the SFA, SPL and HMRC. Peat said nothing.
Celtic were denied access to the Champions League under Peat’s watch but as he looked the other way ignoring the calls from HMRC and contracts such as Barry Ferguson’s £8,000/week deal in 2005 the club from Ibrox was unable to hold off the demands from the lady in Buckingham Palace.
Peat, a chartered accountant, knew his way around football accounts after spending 22 years on the board of Airdieonians before joining Stenhousemuir just before the Lanarkshire club went into liquidation.
As his beloved Aidrieonians lay in the football mortuary Peat enjoyed the gravy train with FIFA and UEFA as president of the SFA from 2007 to 2011.