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Rangers & Mike Ashley Charged By The SFA

Tue 16th Dec 2014 | Football Governance

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) have charged Rangers FC and Mike Ashley over his involvement at the club.

Ashley, the Sports Direct billionaire who owns English Premier League club Newcastle United, will appear before the SFA charged with a breach of Disciplinary Rules 1, 19 and 77. 

Ashley owns less than the 10% permitted by the SFA but his involvement has steadily increased in recent weeks in the form of loans to the Glasgow club totaling £3m.

A stipulation of the loans was that Ashley could appoint two directors to the club board, one of which was former Newcastle United Managing Director, Derek Llambias, who was appointed as Non-executive Director.

The hearings, which will be held on the Tuesday, 27th January 2015, are the latest setback to the club after Manager, Ally McCoist announced he had tendered his resignation on Monday and will serve his 12 month notice period.

The Scottish Football Association statement in full

Alleged Party in Breach: Rangers FC 
Disciplinary Rule(s) allegedly breached:

Disciplinary Rule 1: All members shall:

(b) be subject to and comply with (i) the Articles (ii) this protocol.

(f) behave towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith.

Disciplinary Rule 19: Except with the prior written consent of the Board: (a) no club or nominee of a club; and (b) no person, whether absolutely or as a trustee, either alone or in conjunction with one or more associates or solely through an associate or associates (even where such person has no formal interest), who: (i) is a member of a club; or (ii) is involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of a club, or (iii) has any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration or a club, may at the same time either directly or indirectly:- (a) be a member of another club; or (b) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of another club; or (c) have any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of another club.

Disciplinary Rule 77: A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football.

Principal Hearing date: Tuesday, 27th January 2015

Alleged Party in Breach: Michael Ashley 
Disciplinary Rule(s) allegedly breached:

Disciplinary Rule 19: Except with the prior written consent of the Board: (a) no club or nominee of a club; and (b) no person, whether absolutely or as a trustee, either alone or in conjunction with one or more associates or solely through an associate or associates (even where such person has no formal interest), who: (i) is a member of a club; or (ii) is involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of a club, or (iii) has any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration or a club, may at the same time either directly or indirectly:- (a) be a member of another club; or (b) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of another club; or (c) have any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of another club.

Disciplinary Rule 77: A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football.

Principal Hearing date: Tuesday, 27th January 2015

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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