Date: 2nd June 2017
Sadly the betting saga rumbles on and according to the Chairman of the PFA in Scotland John Rankin what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.
Yesterday the SFA threw the book ( well a paper magazine) at Annan Athletic Chairman Henry McLelland for his betting indiscretions.
What this saga is highlighting is poor governance and a lack of transparency from Hampden Park. It seems that a line has been crossed when management and players start betting on their own clubs. Given the potential financial rewards involved it could be seen as potential insider trading given the knowledge that a club official might have on team selection, injuries, illness of key players etc. In this case the sanctions imposed seem on the light side. It has to call into question the whole process of who is caught, how they are caught, education on betting issues and of course the complete dominance of betting sponsorships in our game. We highlighted earlier this week that 8 different betting companies had advertised at the recent Dundee United v Hamilton Accies game.
Surely now is the time when a summit is called for to look at all these problems where people who are not part of the self regulation process can have input to making sense of this mess. Our Chair Simon Barrow and our Board Member Henry McLeish will soon be meeting with the SFA and we will report back on whether our call for a summit is successful.
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