Mike Ashley set to challenge Scottish FA’s fit & proper ruling on Dave King


Another twist in the battle between Mike Ashley and Dave King looks set to add the off field issues at Rangers, with the Newcastle United owner lodging legal papers challenging the Scottish FA’s rule on Dave King being a fit and proper person.

In May, King was given approval from the Scottish FA to become chairman of the Ibrox club after the governing body passed him fit and proper, two months after the South African based businessman – along with Paul Murray and the Three Bears – secured control of the club at an EGM in March.

But now Mike Ashley is of the belief that King should never have been given approval due to the businessman’s convictions in South Africa, along with him being on the board of directors when Rangers went into liquidation in 2012.

A court hearing has been scheduled at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, on December 11th, as Ashley looks to challenge King’s place on the board.

This latest episode comes just a week after Ashley opened legal action against King and wanting him jailed for revealing confidential details of the commercial deal between Sports Direct and Rangers – which is protected by an injunction.


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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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