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Rangers pair charged over media comments
Published : 10 Aug 2012 17:17:03
Rangers manager Ally McCoist and chief executive Charles Green have been issued with notices of complaint by the Scottish Football Association over comments made in the media.
Green faces a charge of bringing the game into disrepute for claiming "bigotry" was one of the reasons behind his club being denied entry to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
McCoist has allegedly breached disciplinary rules as a result of comments he made about the SFA's Judicial Panel in April, when he demanded the panel members be named publicly.
Rangers and McCoist have until August 17 to respond, with a principal hearing date of August 30 set for both cases to be heard.
The charge against Green relates to a breach of the SFA's Articles of Association "insofar as...Charles Green brought the game into disrepute and did not act in the best interests of football by not behaving towards other members with the utmost good faith, all by making comments in a media interview which suggested that decisions taken concerning the future of Rangers FC were motivated, in part, by bigotry."
The former Sheffield United chief executive made the comments in an interview at Glebe Park ahead of Rangers' Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin on July 29.
Green told BBC Scotland: "Some of it has been driven by bigotry, some of it's been driven by jealousy and some of it's been driven by all the wrong motives."
Green's Sevco consortium purchased the assets and business of Rangers when the club were consigned to liquidation over the summer.
SPL clubs then voted against the newco being admitted to Scottish football's top flight before Scottish Football League sides voted in favour of Rangers playing in the Irn-Bru Third Division, with their first game taking place at Peterhead on Saturday.