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Rangers go before SFA judiciary panel
Published : 29 Mar 2012 07:16:51Rss feed
The focus on Rangers is set to switch from the search for a new owner for the club to its fight with the Scottish Football Association's judiciary panel at Hampden.
Following an independent inquiry into the administration-hit Scottish champions, which was led by former judge Lord Nimmo Smith, Rangers' owner Craig Whyte was issued with notices of complaint over breaches of two disciplinary rules.
Rangers were also served with notices of complaint over five alleged breaches of rules, including failing to abide by SFA regulations over the 'fit and proper person' test.
The cases will be heard along with a previously announced notice of complaint over the club's failure to pay Dundee United money owed from February's William Hill Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox.
The SFA's three-man judiciary panel will deal first with Celtic defender Cha Du-ri's claim of unfair dismissal in Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox and after that Whyte and Rangers` charges will be addressed.
Whyte, ruled unfit by the SFA to be a club official, has been invited to attend but is likely to be represented by a lawyer.
Rangers will be represented by lawyers Biggart Ballie, Andrew Dickson, head of the football department at Rangers, and one of the Duff and Phelps' Administration team, although not Paul Clark or David Whitehouse, who will continue speaking with prospective buyers.
The three-man panel will be chosen from over 100 members of the SFA's 'cab rank' system which includes former managers, players and referees but in this instance, it will have a heavy legal flavour.
Rangers claim there are mitigating factors and will hope to persuade the panel to distinguish between the actions of one man and the actions of the club.
The club and Whyte have both been hit with two identical charges - allegedly breaching rule 66 by bringing the game into disrepute and rule 71, which decrees that clubs and officials should "act in the best interests of Association Football and shall not act in any manner which is improper".