HIBS bosses Rod Petrie and Leeann Dempster have agreed to an open meeting with their supporters who have expressed their anger and disappointment at the club’s stance regarding the SFA refusing to hold an independent review into their handling of the Rangers FC liquidation scandal.
Writing on the Hibs forum, Hibsbounce.com, Gordon Smith, the secretary of a Hibs supporters club explained how this open meeting came about.
“In September I wrote…Many Hibs fans have been dismayed by the position taken by the Hibernian FC’s decision to accept the decision by the SFA to reject the request by the 42 Club SPFL to have an Independent Review into the handling of non payment of taxes by clubs in the aftermath of the recent binding Supreme Court judgment against Rangers’ liquidators BDO.
“Regan of the SFA said… “However, the image of the game in Scotland can only be damaged further by ‘raking over the coals’ of everything that has happened in the last six years for a further lengthy period of time.”
“Your Branch Committee totally reject this assertion and would like your opinions. We would like to hear you opinions before any representation is made to Hibernian FC and the Hibernian Supporters Association.
“As promised we then held a full consultation with 550 St Pat’s Branch members putting our Committee’s position up for discussion. I received over 130 written replies, some of which were fed back to the membership.
“With a mandate I then took the right route and brought this up at the October Delegates meeting of the Hibernian Supporters Association. It would be fair to say that several of the Delegates of other Branches felt similarly and there was a consensus/unease at the voting of the Fans reps and lack of active participation with fans by them on this subject.
“The Officials of the HSA have listened to the Branches and organised this meeting next Thursday (16th November) at 7.00pm in the Hibernian Supporters Association Club. It therefore follows that Hibernian have listened to the genuine concerns of HSA members and Hibs fans in general. This is an open meeting to all Hibs supporters and I would urge you all to use this opportunity.”