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Livingston FC owner to face Scottish FA hearing

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livingstonLivingston FC are to face a disciplinary hearing next month after claims that their owner has failed to disclose interests in other clubs.

Neil Rankine, who has ownership of Livingston FC through Livingston 5 Ltd, has been accused of having interests in East Fife and Dumbarton. Though East Fife and Dumbarton are involved, neither team is under investigation.

Rankine has been involved in the West Lothian side since 2009 and was a former chairman on Dumbarton FC before helping Livingston out of administration.

The Scottish Football Association stated that Livingston has failed “to act with the utmost good faith by not disclosing to the Scottish FA that Neil Rankine, shareholder of Livingston 5 Ltd, the parent company of Livingston FC, also holds interests in East Fife FC and Dumbarton FC.”

In holding interest in East Fife and Dumbarton, the Scottish FA claim that Rankine “holds power to influence the management or administration of those two aforementioned teams.”

A hearing date has been scheduled for 10th September.

The Championship side opened their campaign on Saturday against Hibs losing 2-1 to the East Edinburgh side, who secured a win after goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored an unlikely goal from his own box.

Livingston face a tough Championship campaign that features Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian. Last season saw Livi finish 6th. Livingston will face Cowdenbeath next week as the Championship season continues.

Written by Daniel Lafferty

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