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Rangers terminate Francisco Sandaza’s contract after hoax call investigation

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Rangers have announced the sacking of striker Francisco Sandaza following a club investigation into comments made by the Spaniard during a hoax phone call.

The former St.Johnstone striker was suspended by the Ibrox side after the call which he thought was with a Los Angeles based agent, however the agent turned out to be serial hoaxer Tommy fae Glasgow – a Celtic fan and taxi driver.

Sandaza was sounded out over a possible move to the MLS in America, which saw the Spanish striker reveal details of his salary, his thoughts regarding his future at the club and why he joined Rangers in the first place.

A statement published by the club via their official website, read: “Rangers have decided to terminate its contract with Francisco Sandaza. The player has been advised of the situation. Francisco spoke at length to someone posing as an agent and engaged in a conversation which the club believes to be a material breach of his contract of employment.

“The player was suspended but, after careful consideration and a hearing with Francisco and his representatives, the club, and our advisors, believe that dismissal is the appropriate course of action. The termination is subject to the right of appeal under SFL rules and there will be no further comment from Rangers on this issue.”

Sandaza signed for Rangers in the summer on a three-year deal, scoring just two goals in 16 games for the club.

Listen to the Hoax call in question again:

Since he joined Rangers, on top of his poor form, he courted controversy and criticism from Rangers fans after he claimed that on his first day at the Ibrox club he was advised ‘not to cross himself before matches’.

Sandaza becomes the second Rangers employee to leave the club in as many days, after chief scout Neil Murray – who had been suspended also – was relieved of his duties at the club and left by ‘mutual consent’.

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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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