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Why S’porean bid for Rangers might fail

In Footie, Humour on 18/04/2012 at 5:56 pm

(Or “Is Bill Ng a “fit and proper person” to own Rangers?”)

Bill Ng, who is fronting a S’porean consortium’s bid for troubled Glasgow Rangers, is right to be wary of the syndicate  being tipped by the media as the front-runner to win the bid for Rangers

As footie fans will know, Scottish footie is very nationalistic. There are also very serious undertones of sectarianism, racism (interesting distinction between racism and racial discrimination discussed here) and violence. So last yr’s brawl involving Hougang United and Bill Ng’s subsequent comments could count against the consortium because it could give rabid nationalists and racists an excuse to demand rejection of the bid on the ground that Bill Ng would not be a “fit and proper” owner of Rangers despite the tradition of violence among the club’s fans.

In May last yr, match officials were forced to abandon the tie between hosts Hougang United and defending champions Etoile FC before kick-off, after players from both teams started fighting during the warm-up session. Witnesses MediaCorp spoke to said the scenes resembled a gang fight, with players chasing each other and some rushing onto the terraces.

Bill Ng, the chairman of Hougang, said he was angry and would conduct an internal investigation.

Anyway, for bringing the game into disrepute both clubs were fined S$10,000, with S$5,000 suspended so long as they steer clear of trouble this year. They were also docked five points each.

Ng said Hougang would not let the matter rest, claiming the fine imposed on the club and points deducted were unfair. The “evidence … is not concrete” and the FAS disciplinary committee failed to take into account the actions of club officials to diffuse the matter. He also grumbled that the disciplinary actions would make it difficult to attract new sponsors.

Hell’s bells, whatever the provocation, his players were brawling. Surely that is wrong?

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Billy Boy to own Rangers?

In Footie, Humour on 17/04/2012 at 6:54 pm

(Or “S’poreans Boleh: Hougang boy can own a part of Scottish history”)

So the S’pore consortium fronted by one Bill Ng*, chairman of footie team Hougang Hooligans  (Does the team have WP as a sponsor? PAP not likely to sponsor a team that fights on the field?) is now the favourite to win the bid for Rangers.

The Blue Knights consortium seeking to gain control of Rangers says it is “stepping back” from the process. It was the orginal favourite. The group led by former club director Paul Murray says it cannot compete with Bill Ng’s consortium.

Ticketus, the firm whose money financed Craig Whyte’s takeover, with funding set against revenue from future season ticket sales at Ibrox, has been working alongside the Blue Knights but has also opened talks with Ng.

And the Blue Knights claim its Singapore-based rival had made the offer of a “substantially” better deal.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17736718

BTW, Bill Ng shld make up his mind whether he was a Rangers fan from his school days; or only became a fan abt 10 years ago. He has told reporters both these conflicting versions.

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*When he was in stockbroking, he was known as “Brudder Bill” or “Billy Boy” or “Billy the Kid”. When an ex-employer heard that he is reputed to be worth US$80m, he laughed and said he might remind Bill that he, Bill, had debts to settle, and to touch Bill for a loan, “He’s worth a lot more and I”. He also added, “Everyone’s now in private equity” when he heard Bill claimed to be in private equity.

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