If confirmed, the currently alleged SFA/Bobo Balde email affair will be more toxic than the combined fallout from Chernobyl and Fukushima. If it proves to be factual, it will be an own-goal so spectacular it might make Dougiegate and Dallasgate seem like minor indiscretions.
The issue and the personnel allegedly involved, for whom it would surely be career-ending, if confirmed, could make it arguably the most explosive SFA-related incident in history – documentary evidence of naked prejudice against a member club.
Mind you, when you think of the likes of the infamous Cox/Tully affair, the spiteful “Flag Flutter” confrontation, the Jorge Cadete registration debacle and the more recent controversies highlighted above (has anyone spotted a historical trend, here?), it would not go unrivalled in notoriety.
In these days of photoshopping, cut-and-pasting, smoke, mirrors and litigation, though, you have to be very careful what you believe … and even more careful who you accuse.
Of one thing there can be no doubt, though. Given the very public warnings that are flying around about a police crackdown on sectarian chanting (and the clear, if challenge-able, guidelines as to the banned list), all of Timdom must be on high alert for the fast-approaching Easter Sunday SPL showdown.
So, be warned. The intent is abundantly clear. This promised crackdown is NOT exclusively focussed on the principle offenders – oh, no … far from it.
Therefore, whatever your views on the appropriateness of any particular song, chant, or fragment thereof, let’s not give them any excuse for the kind of “even-handed” implementation of their hard-line policy they will, most certainly, be seeking.
Our songbook is bursting at the seams with rousing, emotional, imaginative, inspirational … and totally-inoffensive … material. Use it … and abandon the opposition utterly to the potential rigours of this much-vaunted anti-sectarian initiative. It’s implementation would then be interesting.
“Hail! Hail! … the Celts are here!”