Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Rangers set for court over transfer embargo

The transfer embargo was imposed on Rangers as punishment for bringing football into disrepute by failing to pay £13million in tax last season

Rangers will today continue their battle against the Scottish Football Association in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The club launched an application for a judicial review against a 12-month transfer embargo on Friday after losing an SFA appeal the previous week.



The embargo was imposed as punishment for bringing football into disrepute by failing to pay £13million in tax last season.



The club are arguing that the SFA judicial panel did not have the power to impose the sanction, specifically a ban on registering players aged 18 and over, as it was not explicitly laid down in their rules.



However, the SFA articles of association include a clause that a judicial panel can implement any sanctions they deem appropriate.



The panel, which was chaired by a QC, stated that the club's actions were second only to match-fixing in their seriousness and that they had considered expelling or suspending Rangers from the SFA.



The original decision was upheld by an appeal tribunal chaired by serving judge Lord Carloway.



The next conventional step for Rangers was to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland but they took the controversial move of legal action, which is prohibited under FIFA rules.



The case is being presented with the help of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund.

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