After the fallout from the leaking of the identities of the three judicial panel members, coupled with threats aimed at the members from disgruntled Rangers fans, the Scottish FA have surprisingly decided to name those who will make up the appeal tribunal.
The Scottish FA statement read: “In light of the subsequent leaking of the identities of the three panel members from the original tribunal, and given the exceptional circumstances of the appeal, it has been agreed that we will identify the members of the Appellate Tribunal in advance of the hearing.”
The panel members are Lord Carloway – acting as chairperson – Spartans chairman Craig Graham and former Partick Thistle chairman Allan Cowan.
The statement continued: “This decision has been taken with the approval of the individuals involved and after consultation with the relevant police authorities. It is essential that these panel members are allowed to conduct the appeal without fear of intimidation and we respectfully ask all involved in the process to do their utmost to observe our wishes and the wishes of the panel members.”
The judicial panel had hit Rangers with a 12 month transfer embargo and imposed a lifetime ban on owner Craig Whyte following an investigation and hearing into the club’s financial affairs. Rangers were also fined £160,000 and owner Craig Whyte was hit with a £200,000 fine.
But the members of the panel were leaked onto Rangers messageboards, following comments from manager Ally McCoist who demanded transparency and the names of those who made up the panel, despite Rangers having representatives at the hearing.