SFA Investigate Craig Whyte’s Disqualification

December 2, 2011

With Craig Whyte’s confession that he had been disqualified as a company director at Rangers Football Club, the Scottish Football Association has begun an investigation that could lead to action taking place against the Ibrox side.

Rangers released a statement on Wednesday claiming that the club was fully willing to cooperate with the SFA. Chief Executive Stewart Regan said:

“The Scottish FA has noted the Rangers FC statement to the stock exchange regarding the club’s owner Craig Whyte.

“We have been in dialogue with the club on this matter and in light of today’s developments have requested clarification by return.

“We await disclosure of key information before we can make any further comment.”

While in charge at Vital UK Ltd, Whyte was disqualified from 2000 to 2007 and when asked whether it was a club’s duty to check such matters when a new owner arrives, Regan added:

“Every club in Scotland supplies an official return and by supplying that official return they are effectively signing up to the articles of the Scottish FA.

“The rules and regulations are laid out very clearly as to what is and what isn’t allowed as far as company directors are concerned.

“Given that clubs are changing their directors and people are coming and going every day, it’s impossible for the Scottish FA to investigate every single person across every professional club in Scotland.

“So by signing up to the official return they are binding themselves to the articles of the Association.

“When anything happens to indicate that a breach of those articles has taken place, that is the point at which the Association gets involved.”