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.