Celtic chief Desmond hits out at 'cartels'


Celtic chairman Dermot Desmond has blasted the football authorities in both Scotland and England and called for an independent regulator to run the game on both sides of the border.

Desmond, the owner of Celtic and a Manchester United shareholder, has hit out at clubs, broadcasters and administrators and claimed a cartel is thwarting competition both north and south of the border.

He wants to see Celtic and Rangers admitted to the Premiership in England, claiming there would be benefits for the game south of the border and also claimed the current television rights system was illegal.

In an interview to be broadcast on BBC Radio's Five Live, Desmond claimed: "The Premier League clubs - the smaller ones that is, have issued a mandate to the executive that they don't want Celtic and Rangers in the Premiership because they might undermine their position in the league, so the Premier League executive are under guidance from those majority of clubs, and again I don't think that is competition and I don't think that's in the interests of football.

"Do you take Real Madrid and Barcelona and Juventus out of the European championship because people don't want to play them because they are too good?

"I don't think that's the way to go forward, it's illegal, it's wrong and it's not in the interests of clubs."