01 August 2015

Graham Spiers is incapable of telling the truth about his ban from Ibrox


by Shane Nicholson | Executive Editor

Graham Spiers kicked off BBC Scotland's Off The Ball tonight discussing his ban from Ibrox with hosts Tam Cowan and Jane Lewis. It didn't take long for him to begin misrepresenting the facts around the reasons for his press access to Ibrox being lifted.

Spiers claimed that he, "had a very civilised conversation with Paul Murray yesterday, who seemed as much in the dark about (the ban) as I was" and that, "Rangers have been very vague as to why it is."

Odd given that the CRO was informed that BBC Scotland as well as all publications the freelancer Spiers writes for were given very specific reasons as to why his press privileges at Ibrox have been revoked. The mystery only seems to persist in the mind of Spiers and his colleagues currently on the air.

In addition, following Spiers' comments on the air this afternoon, sources told us that he had not reached out to Murray in regards to his ban, but instead had established contact under the false pretense of working on an unrelated story about the Rangers' director.

Spiers continued, "I must admit I've not paid my way into Ibrox for 25 years," before later claiming, "I hadn't had any press privileges at Ibrox, or a press card, for three years." Rangers staff, however, confirmed that Spiers had worked at Ibrox as recent as the last campaign, and bylines on his reports, as we showed Friday, back that up.


Again, this seems to come down to the "I've not been a beat-reporter" line Spiers has tossed about since his ban came down, which is entirely accurate. However, he has worked games at Ibrox in the past three years, and if he didn't pay his way in as he claims then it goes without saying that his access was granted as a member of the media.

Not for the first time, Graham Spiers is caught bang to rights lying about Rangers.

7 comments:

  1. Civil there is not really a civil word to describe this person I will leave it at that.

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  2. A compulsive liar, it's to be expected of him. A plethora of evidence is a reality that can show him up for what he is.

    He cannot, in future, appear on radio or television in the company of someone like Chris Graham and debate his untruths about Rangers FC because he will be shown up. He will however return to type when granted the right company whenever on air...

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  3. Banning journalists because you don't like what they have to say is at the least childish and at the worst insidious. For instance a free press is essential in a democratic society in order to hold those in power to account. The alternative is unfettered propaganda, usually from highly paid PR firms....

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    1. They've not been banned because we don't like what they say. They've had their privileges removed as they have been caught, time and again, lying about Rangers to paint the club in a bad light.
      The alternative isn't simply the option you have provided, there's an alternative whereby the state broadcaster is impartial and employs people in a manner befitting the institution's history.

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  4. It really is pointless banning clowns such as Spiers it only gives them publicity which they crave, esp Spiers who is on the slide anyway. There are other ways of dealing with these people such as freezing them out but by issuing bans we give them a status they do not merit.

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    1. How do we freeze them out if they're continually allowed access to our stadium to report on us in an unbalanced manner?
      This approach has proven to be less than fruitful.

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  5. It really is pointless banning clowns such as Spiers it only gives them publicity which they crave, esp Spiers who is on the slide anyway. There are other ways of dealing with these people such as freezing them out but by issuing bans we give them a status they do not merit.

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Keep it civil, lads.