SFA chief insists Scottish football is not in crisis

Scottish football is not in crisis! SFA chief blames difficulties on worldwide financial problems



14:17 GMT, 23 March 2012

SFA Chief executive Stewart Regan insists Scottish football is not in crisis despite the financial collapse of Rangers – but is being affected by the money problems that are hitting other countries across the world.

Regan also defended the SFA's role in allowing Craig Whyte to take over Rangers and only declaring him unfit to be a club official after they had gone into administration.

And he believes a new TV rights deal with UEFA has secured the SFA's financial future until almost the end of the decade.

Sure: Stewart Regan does not think Scottish football is in crisis

Sure: Stewart Regan does not think Scottish football is in crisis

Regan said: 'Is Scottish football in crisis No, no more so than any other country around the world.

'I think football finance is an issue for many countries and I think a gap is emerging between those that have and those that don't have, largely driven by television revenues, and the smaller countries and their leagues are trying to eke out money and bring more money into the game.

'Clubs in administration in Scotland are no different to clubs in administration elsewhere.

'I think Rangers is unique simply because it is such a big name and a big footballing brand.

'There will be a route through this, we will have to find out what the best route is and start to build a plan for the future.'

As far as the SFA's finances are concerned, Regan said they are secure thanks in large part to the UEFA's plan to market TV rights for international games on a pan-European basis in the future.

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All countries have agreed a guaranteed minimum payment for four years beginning in 2014 and that is understood to be considerably more than the amount the SFA has generated in its current deal.

It also removes the lottery of Scotland, or other smaller countries, relying on being drawn against one of Europe's big names in qualifying competitions in order to generate higher TV rights income.

Regan added: 'It gives longer-term financial security and gives the smaller nations the benefits of competing in a market that is actually of greater value.

'All the nations have negotiated a minimum guarantee with UEFA and as far as Scotland is concerned we have negotiated one that we are very happy with.

'We have four years of security which will kick in from 2014.'

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In relation to Whyte being allowed to take over Rangers, Regan insisted that the onus had been on the club to truthfully declare that he satisfied all the criteria.

'We govern football, we don't govern the business world, we are not the police, we don't govern the law or look after the law of the land,' said Regan.

'We have a series of criteria that directors or owners and their clubs are asked to review and there is a self-certification process that has to come forward.

'If somebody doesn't pass that self-certification process they can't be involved in the governance of football.

'What we can't do is stop someone being part of a plc or part of a company, we would be sued up hill and down dale if we tried to stop someone putting money into a plc.

'So I think it's a big issue for the game right across the world trying to make sure that the right people are involved in running the game and those who are not a fit and proper person to a position in association football equally are reviewed and barriers are put in place to stop them being involved in the corporate side of the game as well.

'It's a challenge and we are looking at a number of options.'