SFA chief executive Stewart Regan revealed the findings of the independent inquiry into Rangers, which was heard at a special board meeting at Hampden Park today. The findings will now be passed onto the SFA’s judicial panel.
The statement read: “I can confirm that the Scottish FA convened a Special Board Meeting at Hampden Park today to discuss the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Rangers FC, prepared by the Chair, The Right Honourable Lord William Nimmo Smith.
“Principally, it is the belief of the Board, taking into account the prima facie evidence presented today, that Mr Craig Whyte is not considered to be a Fit and Proper person to hold a position within Association Football.
“We will be writing to Mr Whyte in relation to those findings and shall seek a response within seven days.”
Lord Nimmo Smith’s report also highlighted a number of other potential rule breaches by the Ibrox side and owner Craig Whyte.
Due to the report being handed to the judicial panel and used as evidence, it will not be published at this time. But the SFA chief executive added that: “I can confirm that the club is facing a charge of bringing the game into disrepute. Specifically, areas of potential breach to be considered by the Judicial Panel include: Obligations and duties of members, Official return, Financial records and Division of receipts and payment of expenses (Scottish Cup).
However the SFA have deferred their investigation into the Ibrox club’s alleged non-disclosure of payments to players, specifically the Employee Benefit Trust. This is because of the Scottish Premier League’s investigation into the matter as the SFA would potentially have to hear an appeal against any decision made by the SPL.
The statement ended: “Finally, we have sent a letter to the Rangers administrators, Duff and Phelps, advising them that failure to pay monies owed to another member constitutes a breach of the Cup Competition Rules. Consequently, the club faces disciplinary action unless they make payments due to Dundee United from their recent William Hill Scottish Cup tie. A Notice of Complaint has been issued to that effect.”
Paul Clark, joint administrator of Rangers Football Club made a statement after the SFA announcement.
He said: “We note the findings and announcement by the Scottish Football Association. We look forward to stating the Club’s case to the Judicial Panel.
“In broad terms, we believe there are mitigating factors and we hope to demonstrate the distinction between the Club and the actions of any individuals.”