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Rangers fans settle Dunfermline ticket debt
Published : 28 Mar 2012 20:17:02
Rangers fans have stepped up to pay the money owed to Dunfermline by the administration-hit Ibrox club - but will not do the same for Dundee United.
The Rangers Fans Fighting Fund (RFFF) has raised £250,000 and pledged to pay the Light Blues' outstanding debt of £22,000 to the Pars.
The Ibrox club failed to reimburse the Pars with around £85,000 following the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game between the two clubs at East End Park on February 11, prior to entering administration. The remaining £63,000 has already been paid.
Rangers will go in front of the Scottish Football Association's judiciary panel at Hampden on Thursday on several charges, one of which is the failure to pay Dundee United monies, thought to be around £70,000, owed for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie between the sides at Ibrox in February.
However, the RFFF claim only the Fifers deserve what they are calling "a debt of honour to a club of honour".
The Pars had claimed the loss of this expected revenue had caused them financial difficulties, and Rangers legend Sandy Jardine will go to Dunfermline on Friday on behalf of the Fund and hand over the cheque to Pars chairman John Yorkston.
Andrew McCormick, chairman of the RFFF issued a statement through Press Association Sport which read: "After some discussion it was agreed that we should use some of the money collected by our fans to pay off this outstanding debt.
"This is a debt of honour to a club of honour.
"Consideration was also given to using some more of the funds to pay off money owed to Dundee United. But that was rejected as there were strong views that, in recent times, Dundee United had treated Rangers and their fans with disdain.
"Rangers fans were angry when Dundee United levied an extra charge on Rangers ticket holders if they wished to attend an abandoned game at Tannadice."