linwood buddie Posted May 15, 2018 Report Share Posted May 15, 2018 Rangers have been charged by the Scottish FA on two counts concerning the granting of a Uefa license to the club between 2010 and 2012. The first charge relates to compliance with SFA, Uefa and Fifa regulations and the second relates to upholding integrity and good faith. Potential sanctions range from a fine to ejection from SFA competition. The Ibrox club say they will "fiercely resist" the notice of complaint, with a principal hearing date set for 26 June. Rangers won the Scottish Premier League at the end of season 2010-11 and featured in European competition at the start of the following season. Rangers then entered administration in 2012 and eventually started season 2012-13 in the fourth tier of Scottish football. To compete in European competitions, clubs must adhere to strict Uefa rules that should be enforced by the country's governing body - in this case, the SFA. The rule in question relates to Uefa's insistence that club's should have no outstanding payables to tax authorities. Rangers said they were disputing a tax bill (disputes are allowed) that came to be known as 'the wee tax case' but court testimony during the trial of the club's former owner, Craig Whyte, contradicted this notion. The SFA have been taking Queen's Counsel advice for months and the June hearing will most likely be chaired by a sitting law lord. In detailing the charges, the SFA say member clubs and their officials and players "shall be subject to and shall comply with the Articles and any statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions and International Match Calendar promulgated by the Board or by a Standing Committee, committee or sub-committee thereof, or by Fifa or Uefa or by the Court of Arbitration for Sport". The second specifically mentions members' requirement to "behave towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith". The governing body also highlight the rule that members shall "observe the principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the rules of fair play" and "be subject to and comply with the articles and any statutes, regulations, directives, codes, decisions and International Match Calendar promulgated by the Board, the Professional Game Board, the Non-Professional Game Board, the Judicial Panel Protocol, a committee or sub-committee, Fifa, Uefa or the Court of Arbitration for Sport". And the SFA insist that "officials, its team officials and its players act in accordance" with that rule. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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