Whyte declared 'not a fit and proper person' to run Rangers

 

The Scottish Football Association yesterday said that the Rangers owner Craig Whyte was “not considered to be a fit and proper person to hold a position within association football”, following an independent inquiry.

The news came with the stricken club braced for large-scale redundancies today if a substantial reduction in wages cannot be agreed with the players. The SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, also confirmed that Rangers face a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.

On 17 February, three days after Rangers went into administration, the SFA confirmed it would conduct a full independent inquiry into the activities of the club. The governing body said at that time attempts to obtain evidence relating to their "fit and proper person" requirement had been restricted by club solicitors' failure to share information.

Yesterday, Regan said: "I can confirm that the SFA convened a special board meeting at Hampden Park to discuss the findings of the independent inquiry into Rangers FC, prepared by Lord William Nimmo Smith. Principally, it is the belief of the board that Mr Craig Whyte is not considered to be a fit and proper person to hold a position within football.

"We will be writing to Mr Whyte in relation to those findings and shall seek a response within seven days. The report submitted by Lord Nimmo Smith, having been considered fully by the board, highlights a number of other potential rule breaches by the club and its owner.

"The report will now be used as evidence and forwarded to a judicial panel for consideration and determination as per the protocol. As such, the report's contents will not be published at this time. Nevertheless, I can confirm that the club is facing a charge of bringing the game into disrepute."

Regan added: "We have sent a letter to the Rangers administrators, Duff & Phelps, advising them that failure to pay monies owed to another member constitutes a breach of the rules. Consequently, the club faces disciplinary action unless they make payments due to Dundee United from their recent Scottish Cup tie. A notice of complaint has been issued to that effect."

Meanwhile, the administrators will deliver "significant" redundancies among the Rangers playing squad today if there is insufficient progress in talks over wage cuts and a quick sale.

Duff and Phelps resumed talks with players' representatives yesterday after failing to finalise an agreement over wage cuts on Tuesday night, despite all players accepting cuts of up to 75 per centin principle.

The corporate recovery team have also been holding talks with potential buyers after moving to accelerate a possible sale.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Sainsbury's could roll the lorries out across its whole fleet if they are successful
tech
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Sport
Ojo Onaolapo celebrates winning the bronze medal
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Rock band Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s
musicLed Zeppelin to release alternative Stairway To Heaven after 43 years
Arts and Entertainment
High-flyer: Chris Pratt in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
filmHe was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
Arts and Entertainment
'Old Fashioned' will be a different kind of love story to '50 Shades'
film
Life and Style
fashionHealth concerns and 'pornified' perceptions have made women more conscious at the beach
Arts and Entertainment
Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' is returning to the Tate more than 15 years after it first caused shockwaves at the gallery
artTracey Emin's bed returns to the Tate after record sale
Arts and Entertainment
Smart mover: Peter Bazalgette
filmHow live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences
Environment
Neil Young performing at Hyde Park, London, earlier this month
environment
News
i100
News
Prince Harry is clearing enjoying the Commonwealth Games judging by this photo
people(a real one this time)
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz