Rangers’ adminstrators appeal SFA sanctions
Administrators controlling Rangers launched an appealed Tuesday
against the ”extraordinary” sanctions imposed on the financially
stricken Scottish club which they claim will hinder their attempts
to attract a buyer.
A Scottish Football Association tribunal barred Rangers from
signing players for 12 months and fined the club a total of 160,000
pounds ($260,000) after it was found to have breached five
disciplinary rules by falling into financial turmoil.
”They appear to have rendered a penalty which could have a very
detrimental effect on the ability of the administrators to achieve
a sale of the business,” joint administrator David Whitehouse
said. ”This, in turn, cannot be in the interests of Rangers or
Scottish football in general.”
The record 54-time Scottish champions went into administration –
a form of bankruptcy protection – in February with tax debts of 9
million pounds (then $14 million) having been accrued since Craig
Whyte’s takeover last May.
The club, which is also awaiting a verdict from a tax tribunal
due to long-standing contested liabilities of up to 75 million
pounds ($117 million), faces liquidation if it doesn’t find a new
buyer before the end of the season.
However, the SFA said Tuesday it was acting ”with the best
interests of the game at heart.”
”I can fully understand the fear and frustration felt by all
Rangers fans throughout the most difficult period in the club’s
history,” SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said in a statement.
”The Scottish FA has a responsibility to all its members and must
implement its rules without fear or favor.”
The disciplinary tribunal banned Whyte for life from any
involvement in Scottish football and fined him 200,000 pounds
($320,000) after finding him in breach of two disciplinary rules
between May 6, 2011, and March 6, 2012.
Six weeks ago, Whyte was described by the SFA as ”not a fit and
proper person” to be involved in the sport.