28 May 2015

TMB football sponsorship deal "a mistake" concedes TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has condemned the "action of individuals" for bringing "shame and humiliation" on OffOffal, the governing body for the offal processing industry.

Sir Norman was speaking at the opening of OffOffal's 2015 congress, a day after seven top officials were arrested by East Lancashire constabulary on charges of bribery, corruption and rigging the spot prices for common offal products such as heart, lung and spleen.  In a separate development, Italian  officials opened criminal proceedings into the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 International Congress of Tripe, which is due to be held in Chorley and Wakefield following last year's Milan event.

TMB sponsorship may have been a mistake
Sir Norman said he was "personally disappointed" following revelations in the Wigan on Sunday newspaper that an unnamed regional director of the Tripe Marketing Board had been photographed accepting a plain brown envelope at Charnock Richard service station on the M6 earlier this year.  "While this may have just been an innocent swapping of holiday photographs or some suchlike, we will fully investigate the matter and, if necessary, we may have to consider this individual's position," he said.

Responding to questions from the audience, Sir Norman conceded that the TMB's decision to sponsor Blackpool South FC in the 2013-14 season may have been a "huge mistake".  "They actually didn't do very well that year. We should have sponsored them last season, when they emerged as league champions," he said.

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