When is a plea deal not a plea deal? When Dave King is involved.



To the victor goes the spoils. Wars through the ages see the victors rewriting history to suit their own agendas. The war crimes at Nuremberg rightly tried the Nazis for the atrocities that they committed, but how many of those on the winning side – the Allies – were convicted of war crimes?

Now it seems that even those who lost are trying to rewrite their own history. Cue Dave King. The South African based businessman seems to be trying to create a fairytale ending around his prolonged tax battle with the South African Revenue Service. He seems to have an allergy to the phrase ‘plea deal’ substituting it with the frilly word ‘settlement’ and the Scottish football media have followed suit like little poodles.

The same poodles seem to have lost the word liquidation from their vocabulary when discussing Rangers Football Club. They clearly mention administration when discussing the financial basket case that is the Ibrox side, but they seem to have amnesia when the timeline gets anywhere near the CVA being rejected by Rangers’ creditors and liquidation proceedings began.

It is the biggest black hole in Scottish football unless you are looking at Rangers’ bank balance.

So with Dave King using the media as his propaganda tool in his wooing of the Scottish FA and the AIM, it looks as though the war of hearts and minds is fast tracking King’s return to Ibrox with little fuss. Surely the authorities won’t be hypnotised or blinded by King’s sweet talking so as to get them into bed.

King is convinced that a letter from SARS chiefs declaring that he is allowed to serve as a company director will hold sway with not only the Scottish FA, but more importantly the AIM. Sorry Dave the Rangers fans may ignore your tax convictions and your plea deal to escape jail time – but the AIM won’t be swayed and the Scottish FA if following the letter of the law according to their own guidelines should not bend over and drop their pants after some sweet words from Dave.

The calamity at Rangers needs to be cleaned up one way or another, rather than continuing for another three years. Whether that is Mike Ashley and the Easdales or King/Three Bears will be seen sooner or later, but I suspect we will be subjected to the propaganda battle between all parties for the foreseeable weeks and months.

Just like an alcoholic who needs to admit he has a problem; Rangers, their fans and Dave King need to admit to the facts and not try to put a Disney twist on events.

The selective amnesia is desperate and predictable really, but even more so it seems that certain folk in the Scottish mainstream media are taking sides to keep the exclusives flowing through their inboxes all wrapped up with a little bow for that added finish.

Where are the hard questions for Dave King? Where are the questions about why he battled SARS for over a decade dodging paying his taxes? Where are the questions about his tax convictions and the comments from South African judges about him being a ‘shameless and glib liar’? Surely if Dave wants authorities to take into consideration a letter from SARS – an organisation that is currently being investigated for illegal activity – then surely these same authorities must take into consideration the South African court’s judgement of the man?

Some journalists should have learned the last time they published press releases and rose tinted statements as exclusives and as fact, but they seem to have fallen into their old ways of working. Hand fed stories to fill their columns with.

it may not be the lamb diet that they were all fed on, under the now financially challenged Sir David Murray, but maybe the Bredie that King is trying to fatten them up with will do until the hospitality of Ibrox stadium is open to them once more with King the maître d’hôtel.

Scoff it down folks.


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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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