Purveyors of State Aid allegations not ‘formal complainants’



After we announced that the European Commission had dismissed the allegations of State Aid between Glasgow City Council and Scottish champions Celtic, the EC have provided further information on the case.

Those who have followed the ‘story’ since January 2014, know that elements of the Rangers support were purveyors of the State Aid allegations, but their organised revenge campaign was doomed to failure from the first email sent in.

In a statement to Scotzine, a European Commission spokesperson admitted: “The Commission did not adopt a formal decision in this case, we only informed the citizens who have complained that we see no basis to investigate further.”

In relation to those who made the allegations, the EC added: “The citizens concerned do not qualify as formal complainants as defined by the Commission’s Procedural Regulation. Only ‘interested parties’ can submit formal complaints whose economic interests are affected by the issue:

(h) ‘interested party’ shall mean any Member State and any person, undertaking or association of undertakings whose interests might be affected by the granting of aid, in particular the beneficiary of the aid, competing undertakings and trade associations.

“In the absence of or in addition to investigating formal complaints, the Commission can also start investigations on its own initiative but in this case the information provided by the UK authorities did not warrant a further investigation.”

That explains the desire of these crusading elements to entice and beg UKIP into furthering their campaign of hate against Celtic.

What next for these crusaders of justice?

It is already known that they have enlisted the help of the Northern Irish Unionist politician Gregory Campbell MP MLA, member & founder of the Westminster Rangers Supporters Club. And will continue to call on the services of party members in UKIP, who do not recognise the findings of the independent European Commission.

Scotzine has also came into information that the main purveyor of the state aid allegations contacted relevant parties, fraudulently claiming to be a working journalist, in a bid to try to secure information or documents not necessarily available to members of the public.

It seems these elements will try anything to shame and discredit rivals, firing off allegations whether they can prove it or not. Whether they understand the documentation they have ‘obtained’ or not.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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