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ArabTRUST hit out at Rangers Fans Fighting Fund comments

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The Fund have reportedly paid an outstanding debt of £22,000 to Dunfermline, after the club had paid around £63,000 previously owed to the Fife side, after the Ibrox outfit failed to pay Dunfermline around £85,000 in ticket revenue money following an SPL league match at East End Park on the 11th February, two days before the club went into administration.

A statement from the chairman of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, Andrew McCormick, read: “After some discussion it was agreed that we should use some of the money collected by our fans to pay off this outstanding debt. This is a debt of honour to a club of honour.

However the group have refused to do likewise for Dundee United, who the Ibrox club owe around £70,000, for the Scottish Cup tie between the sides at Ibrox in February.

McCormick added: “Consideration was also given to using some more of the funds to pay off money owed to Dundee United. But that was rejected as there were strong views that, in recent times, Dundee United had treated Rangers and their fans with disdain.

“Rangers fans were angry when Dundee United levied an extra charge on Rangers ticket holders if they wished to attend an abandoned game at Tannadice.”

Rangers will go in front of the Scottish FA’s judiciary panel at Hampden later today with the club facing several charges, one of which being their failure to pay monies owed to Dundee United.

McCormick continued: “Like everyone else connected to the club, we are aware of the Rangers standing and their responsibilities to the rest of the game in Scotland. We believe that spending some of our funds this way is only fair to Dunfermline who are suffering because of a situation that was not of their making.

“It also demonstrates to the Scottish football authorities that Rangers fans not only have an allegiance to the club, but are aware of the impact the club’s situation is having elsewhere in the game.

“The Fans Fighting Fund is doing this on behalf of Rangers Football Club as we believe this the proper course of action. We would hope this is not only noted by the Scottish football authorities but will have a strong impact when certain charges against the club are debated by the SFA on Thursday.”

While McCormick hopes that this payment is noted by the Scottish FA ahead of the club’s disciplinary hearing, ArabTRUST chairman Derek Robertson hit out at the Rangers fans group over their announcement.

Speaking exclusively to Scotzine, Derek Robertson said: “We fail to see why the current situation at Rangers should be used, by some, to fuel divisions between rival sets of supporters. This cannot be good for the game.

“The decision to charge less than half price admission to both home and away fans for the replayed match referred to was due to extenuating circumstances, particularly the police and stewarding costs associated with any match involving an Old Firm club. Any residual amount over and above the operational costs was reported as donated to the United for Kids appeal.

“Far from being “disdainful”, the Club’s actions were supported by the SPL and, indeed, in the Sheriff Court when challenged by one Rangers supporters’ club. However in view of the Fighting Fund’s stated reason for not paying Dundee United, it is somewhat ironic that their funds, donated by supporters, are now being used to settle the amount owed by their club for tickets which they, the supporters, had already paid for.”

“The football authorities must now take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the rules of their competitions, including those involving financial fair plays, settlement and unnecessary tension between rival fans are fully complied with.”

A spokesperson for Dundee United said: “The club have no statement to make on this particular issue as the SFA are dealing with the Scottish Cup ticket money on our behalf and we expect to receive the money in due course.”

Meanwhile Dundee Utd have reported Rangers to the SPL over a further non-payment of ticket money, this time £19,000 for recent premier league game at Tannadice.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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