SFA & SPL Probe Player Payments by Rangers

March 6, 2012

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) and Scottish Premier League are looking into payments made by Rangers to its players.

The SFA are currently conducting an independent inquiry into Craig Whyte’s takeover of the Glasgow club.

But SFA chief executive Stewart Regan revealed other matters have been uncovered during the course of their investigation, with allegations the Light Blues gave players two contracts.

That is in contravention of the governing body’s articles of association and Regan admitted Rangers face serious sanctions, including possible exclusion from Scottish football, if the allegations against them are proved .

The double contracts are understood to have been in place between 2001 and 2009, although former Gers director Hugh Adam claims specialist payments were being made in the mid-1990s.

“What will happen is that the matter will go to the Scottish FA main board and will then pass through to the judicial panel,” Regan told the Evening Times.

“There’s a whole range of things from suspension to termination of membership to fines and ejection from the Scottish Cup or other such penalties the panel deem appropriate.

“The inquiry covers primarily the Craig Whyte era, but in digging into facts it has taken us into other areas.

“The board will consider the facts and if the board feels the facts are compelling they will pass that to the compliance officer and it will go through the normal disciplinary process.”

The SPL has also confirmed its board has instigated an investigation into the alleged non-disclosure of certain payments made to players from July 1998.

In a statement on its official website, the governing body said its rules give the SPL board ‘wide powers of investigation into potential breaches of the SPL rules’.

The statement read: “The SPL board has instructed an investigation into the alleged non-disclosure to the SPL of payments made by or on behalf of Rangers FC to players since 1 July 1998.”

by Ismail Uddin