The right to due process.

Imagine if you will the following scenario.


A story breaks in the media that an organisation has been involved in a financial scandal of the type that puts it in contravention of the local authority’s code of conduct.

The chairman of the local authority is also in a senior position of organisation named in the alleged scandal.

What would the Chief Executive Officer of that state organisation do?

The first thing would be that extended “gardening leave” would be granted to the chairman and secondly the CEO would call in central government and hand the mess over to them.

This would be an acknowledgment that the organisation would not investigate itself.

This course of action would safeguard the rights of the chairman and also protect the Local authority from allegations of a cover up.

This is the scenario that the Stewart Regan now faces with the allegations from former Rangers director Hugh Adam regarding Campbell Ogilvie’s current position.

If Mr Adam’s allegations are proven then what we have is the director of a company that was running  a  tax scam.

Moreover, he has admitted being a beneficiary of that tax scam while being the supposed guardian of the scammed!

If Mr Regan does not act now then the potential reputational damage for the SFA cannot be overestimated.

This story has attracted the attention of Channel 4 News and foreign media organisations.

This morning I spoke to two journalists who work for major titles in continental Europe.

They wanted to know where this story was going.

I don’t know, but I am pretty sure that it isn’t going away anytime soon.

The SFA’s press people can expect more difficult questions from foreigners in the weeks ahead.

Given that the Hugh Adam allegations goes to the heart of the governance of the Scottish game then the SFA cannot investigate itself.

The current in house probe will investigate allegations that name Mr Ogilvie and, as the current chairman of the SFA, will report to him about, well, him.

What opinion will he come to about, err, himself?

What action will Mr Ogilvie decide to take against the man he sees in the mirror every morning?

This is an impossible position to place him in and it isn’t fair.

Campbell Ogilvie has the right to due process in all of this and that can only happen if he is asked to take extended leave of absence until the independent, public inquiry into the SFA has concluded its work.

That inquiry cannot be set up by the organisation that has its offices at Hampden Park.

This is now a task for Shona Robison once she’s gets the nod from her boss Alex Salmond.

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