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7,000 Rangers fans in SFA protest

Around 7,000 Rangers fans have marched to Hampden in a demonstration against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

A judicial panel set up by the football governing body imposed a 12-month transfer embargo and a £160,000 fine on the Ibrox club after it was found guilty of five charges in relation to their finances and the appointment of Craig Whyte as chairman.

Fans were left incensed at the transfer ban and manager Ally McCoist said the embargo could "kill" the club.

Supporters marched from Queens Park to Hampden, where they handed in a letter to SFA offices complaining about the outcome of the SFA tribunal.

Former Rangers player Sandy Jardine also made a short speech at Hampden.

Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, said fans hoped the demonstration sent out a strong message.

He said: "There was a collective will for everybody to work together. Sandy Jardine made a short speech to thank everybody and reinforce the view that it is a difficult period for the club but that we all need to stick together. It is a message to Scottish football that we still have an active part to play."

Strathclyde Police said the march passed off peacefully.

Chief Superintendent Andy Bates said: "There were no arrests at today's protest and I'm delighted at the way that the supporters conducted themselves."

An SFA spokesman said: "We are now in receipt of the letter signed on behalf of the Rangers support and are grateful that today's event passed peacefully. We appreciate the frustrations of the Rangers support during this period of uncertainty and today's march showed the depth of feeling towards the club. The SFA exists to govern with the best interests of the game at all times and will continue to do so throughout this challenging time for the Scottish game."

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