Refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc.
It implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. For example, a cashier making change at a point of sale by segregating a customer’s large bill, counting up from the sale amount, and placing the change on the counter in such a way as to invite the customer to verify the amount of change demonstrates transparency.
In governance, accountability has expanded beyond the basic definition of “being called to account for one’s actions”.It is frequently described as an account-giving relationship between individuals, e.g. “A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct”.
Should it be too much to ask that the associations that run our national sport sign up to the above attributes?
Should we have anyone currently involved, either employed or owning shares, with any of its members working in a capacity of influence at the SFA? What message does that send out to supporters of other clubs?
Taken from the SFA website:-
“…a move towards an independent Judicial Panel has enhanced the efficiency and transparency of the disciplinary process”
Has it though? Regardless if you agree with either punishment met down to Ian Black or Michael Moffit the fact that when the Ayr chairman Lachlan Cameron gets a reply of ‘They did tell me that if Ian Black hadn’t received his lenient sentence, Michael would actually have been suspended until the end of the season.’ You know that the panel has then been compromised and is no longer independent.
I need not remind you that even though the SFA have a blanket ban on any of their members betting on football that one of their main sponsors, including that of the Scottish Cup, is William Hill.
There should be no grey areas when it comes to the SFA Rules of Association, no discretionary powers to bypass or overrule an article that has been set.
What changes would you like to see?
It’s YOUR game! The SFA should be providing a service, not dictating it.