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Player tribunal threat to Rangers

10 Dec 2012 19:47:06

Player tribunal threat to Rangers

Rangers say they face a potential employment tribunal involving 67 players in relation to an alleged failure to inform and consult over the transfer of contracts from the old company to Charles Green's new company.

In their share issue prospectus, Rangers declared that PFA Scotland had raised the claims and that they would "robustly" defend themselves.

The prospectus also states that former Ibrox players Sone Aluko, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness have raised constructive dismissal claims. The three players were among nine who refused to transfer their contracts over to Green's company, which bought the club's assets and business after oldco Rangers, now called RFC 2012, were consigned to liquidation in June.

PFA Scotland declined to comment. But it is believed the claims were brought in a strategic move as part of an arbitration battle between the club and players' union, which will be decided by the Scottish Football Association.

Rangers are demanding compensation over the Ibrox exit of six of the players who declined to join the new company.

The prospectus says: "PFA Scotland has raised an employment tribunal claim against RFCL (The Rangers Football Club Limited) on behalf of 67 unnamed players at the employment tribunal in Glasgow.

"The claim relates to an alleged failure on behalf of RFC 2012 plc to inform and consult with affected employees prior to the TUPE transfer on 14 June 2012.

"Both RFCL and Rangers 2012 plc have been cited and compensation can be awarded on a joint and several basis. RFCL's advisers have taken issue with PFA's right to bring such a claim on behalf of the players.

"Senior counsel's advice has been taken on the matter and a robust opinion has been given to the effect that PFA Scotland has no locus or standing to raise such a claim. If RFCL's preliminary challenge to the bringing of this claim is successful that will be the end of the matter. It is not currently possible to quantify these claims in full."

Rangers say they have also challenged the right of Aluko, Lafferty and Ness to bring claims, but added that "in any event these are low value claims" with the club's advisers suggesting they have been brought for "tactical purposes" ahead of the SFA hearing.


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