Rangers chairman Dave King has announced via the official club website that former chief executive Charles Green had indeed approached the club to pay his legal costs as he battles charges relating to fraud.
The Yorkshireman is claiming his contract with the Ibrox side entitled him to legal cover during and after his tenure – as he battles charges of conspiracy, fraud and an offence under Section 190 of the Companies Act 2006.
Only yesterday, Rangers claimed they were unaware of Green’s claim and had not been approached by Green or any of his representatives. However they have now admitted that their former chief had been in contact.
But in a statement issued on King’s behalf, the South African based businessman admitted Green’s approach and that the club would ‘strong resist’ his claims for them to pay for his legal costs.
King said: “Charles Green approached the Club prior to his arrest and demanded that we pay his legal costs in respect of his co-operation with Police Scotland in its criminal investigation into his time as an officer of the Club.
“I advised him that we would not do so. He was subsequently arrested and has now approached the Court to compel the Club to pay the legal costs of his defence to the criminal charges. This application will be strongly resisted.”
According to STV Sport ‘Green’s contract provides liability insurance cover for six years after his departure, covering him in situtations where certain legal costs may be incurred’.