McCoist handed suspended SFA ban
McCoist was found guilty of two of three charges by an SFA fast
track tribunal today but his punishment is suspended for 12
Chief executive Charles Green escaped with a censure for
comments he made in the media claiming “bigotry” was one of the
reasons his newco club were denied entry to the SPL.
McCoist was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and
not acting in the best interests of football for questioning the
independence of the panel that handed Rangers a 12-month transfer
embargo in April, before they were consigned to liquidation.
A third charge relating to his demands that the three-man
panel’s identities were made public was dismissed.
Rangers were censured for Green’s comments, made before his
newco club made their first appearance on the pitch, in a Ramsdens
Cup clash in Brechin last month, since being denied entry to the
SPL and voted into the Third Division.
In response to the transfer ban, which applies after tomorrow
night, McCoist had asked:
“Who are these people? I want to know who these people are.
“I’m a Rangers supporter and the Rangers supporters and the
Scottish public deserve to know who these people are, people who
are working for the SFA.
“Make no mistake about it, this is an SFA decision. They have
appointed the panel, so therefore they are working for the SFA, but
who are they?
“I think we have a right to know who is handing out this
punishment to us, I really do.”
The three panel members were later given security advice by
police following alleged threats. McCoist condemned such behaviour
but stood by his calls for transparency.
Green’s offending comments came as he discussed decisions made
over his club’s league status.
“Some of it has been driven by bigotry, some of its been driven
by jealousy and some of its been driven by all the wrong motives,”