Legal advice and honest mistakes

Even for the stenographers this was this was an amazing press conference.

The only questions that were asked were of the soft ball variety.

It actually is worth looking at in its entirety.

I will be passing this link to several friends in the business of training baby journalists.

This is what NOT to do in a presser would be the basis of the introductory remarks before the students took notes.

After Mr King…ahem…dealt with the issues that might prevent him being on the board of Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) I sought legal advice.

My guy is now an in house lawyer for an EPL club, but before taking up that post he had been in a very successful private practice where he represented all of the big boys in British football.

He pointed me to the Scottish Football Association’s handbook and in particular this bit on page 11:

“10. Official Return


 “(h) he has been convicted within the last 10 years of (i) an offence liable to

“imprisonment of two years or over, (ii) corruption or (iii) fraud;

 “(j) he has been a director of a club in membership of any National Association

within the 5-year period preceding such club having undergone an

insolvency event;”

His view was that Mr King should not pass muster because of his criminal convictions in South Africa and his place on the board of Rangers (1872) within the last five years.

However, he did point out to me that there was discretion within the SFA rules.

He said “In my opinion given what the rules say then Dave King should not be allowed onto the board of Rangers International Football Club by the SFA. It would take an honest mistake to let him through”.

Dear reader I spluttered my tea at that quip.

Subsequently, I do not see there being any real impediment to Mr King being on the board of RIFC.

Except one:

Mike Ashley.

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