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Rangers hit with transfer embargo as Whyte banned for life

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Rangers, who are currently in administration, have also been fined a total of £160,000, while owner Craig Whyte has been hit with a £200,000 fine.

The Scottish FA have reported that their judicial panel will issue the reasons for their findings in writing soon, while both parties have three days to appeal the sanctions.

Administrators of Rangers Football Club, Duff and Phelps, condemned the sanctions as ‘draconian’ in a statement published soon after the ruling.

Paul Clark, joint administrator, said: “All of us working on behalf of the Club are utterly shocked and dismayed by the draconian sanctions imposed on Rangers in respect of these charges.

“It appears that on one hand the disciplinary panel accepted our central argument that responsibility for bringing the Club into disrepute lay with the actions of one individual – Craig Whyte – as is evident from the unprecedented punishment meted out to him.

“During this hearing the Club produced compelling evidence from a number of sources that following his takeover, Craig Whyte ran the Club in a thoroughly unaccountable manner, rather than adhering to a long-established and proper form of corporate governance.

“The thrust of the charges against the Club focused on non-payment of payroll taxes and evidence was produced that all such decisions in this area were taken by Craig Whyte during his tenure. Given this evidence, it is difficult to comprehend that the disciplinary panel has seen fit to effectively punish the Club even more heavily than Mr Whyte. As everyone knows, it has already been decided he is not a fit and proper person to run a football club and any further punishment on him will have little or no impact.

“However, for Rangers, a ban on signing players will seriously undermine the Club’s efforts to rebuild after being rendered insolvent.

“Furthermore, we do not know how bidders for the Club will react to these sanctions and what affect they will have on their proposals. The Club has asked for full written reasons for these decisions and intend to appeal against the findings.”

Meanwhile Rangers owner Craig Whyte, in self-imposed exile away from Ibrox, mocked the Scottish FA’s punishment, he said: “Tell me how it is going to affect me? I couldn’t care less. It makes no difference to my life whatsoever and good luck collecting the money. It’s a joke.

“It is very harsh on Rangers. I am surprised at how harsh the SFA have been on a club which is going through tough times at the moment. Stewart Regan (chief executive) and Campbell Ogilvie (president) should resign and get out of Scottish football.

“The SFA want to kick Rangers when they are down and I hope people remember that. They are playing to the media. Stewart Regan and Campbell Ogilvie had dinner with me in November and they told me it wouldn’t be a problem. Now they’re just reacting to all of the publicity since February.

“Rangers fans can see where the SFA are coming from. We’re Scotland’s biggest club. They should be helping us, not kicking us when we’re down. Rangers fans will remember this for a long time.”

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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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