More financial transparency for fans – no thanks to football authorities

British football clubs will soon see a new level of financial transparency, as UK companies are now required to identify ‘persons of significant control’. Football clubs have had to disclose similar information to football authorities for a while, but it is a shame that the football authorities, despite their rhetoric on transparency and accountability to fans,…

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Enter UEFA?

This seems like a good time for a quick round-up. It’s been a few weeks since we published a report into misgovernance at the Scottish Football Association, calling for an independent inquiry to ensure a level playing field and greater accountability to fans. Now things are moving… To recap briefly, we identified two main issues around the SFA’s…

The evidence – UEFA and Rangers’ unpaid tax bills

Over the last week, someone operating an anonymous twitter account and an anonymous email account has claimed repeatedly that the Offshore Game withheld evidence in our report. He/She/It also claimed that because we did not immediately reply to his/her/its accusations, we were not committed to ‘transparency’. Seriously? But we do think it’s useful to discuss the evidence,…

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The UEFA license issue

Since publishing our report we have had a number of people contact us about a post elsewhere which questioned our conclusions on the grant of a UEFA license to Rangers in 2011. Further to this we have been in email communication with the writer/s of the post and discussed their position. We would like to note that…

A correction and statement to fans of Rangers

The Offshore Game has been approached by an anonymous fan of Rangers Football Club who raised a couple of issues with the language used in our report. After considering the issues raised we have made a couple of non-material corrections to our report. We would like to stress that we approach this subject from the…

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Doing SFA for Fair Play: A Report into the Rangers Tax Affair and the role of the Scottish Football Association

The Offshore Game’s new report into the Rangers tax affair shows just how a badly-run football association can undermine a level playing field – and what needs to be done about it. Here’s the short version… In 2012 Rangers were put into liquidation. One of the contributing factors to this was an offshore tax avoidance scheme that went…

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Why Infantino’s claims he did nothing wrong are wrong

Infantino’s involvement in a dodgy deal over Champion’s league TV rights are no proof of corruption, but at a minimum they are proof that he is completely unfit to lead FIFA into a new era of transparency and accountability.   Yesterday the latest story in the ongoing Panama Papers scandal hit the internet. Gianni Infantino, the…

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Tax, Transparency and Ipswich Town

Bolton Wanderers was not the only club facing bankruptcy in Court on Monday. Ipswich Town were also on the court list. The Managing director of Ipswich, Ian Milne (Registered address Ireland’s International Finance Centre) took to the airwaves to reassure the supporters. This was simply a mixup with a ‘service provider’. There was confusion over an…

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