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Gers want end to Uefa licence case after the SFA are told to go to CAS


By Ronnie Esplin

The Scottish Football Association will have to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to pursue a case against Rangers for an alleged breach of rules over a Uefa licence.

The Ibrox legal team successfully argued that the issue would need to be dealt with by the Swiss-based court under the terms of the five-way agreement, which allowed Rangers to continue playing after the club was consigned to liquidation in 2012.

Rangers were hit with two charges in May relating to complying with Uefa rules, observing the principles of sportsmanship and "behaving towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith".

But the club refused to accept the notice of complaint and successfully argued at a preliminary hearing that the issue constituted a dispute under the terms of the five-way agreement between the SFA, oldco and newco Rangers and the two merged leagues.

Under the agreement, any disputes relating to historical matters need to go to CAS.

The issue centred on when oldco Rangers accepted liability for a £2.8m bill from HMRC.

The SFA opened an investigation following evidence from former directors during a court case in which former Rangers owner Craig Whyte was cleared of several criminal charges.

It is understood the charges relate to the "monitoring period" after Rangers were granted a Uefa licence on March 31, 2011, and hinge on when the debt became overdue.

A Rangers statement read: "Rangers has always been clear about the futility of this action and hopes the SFA will move on."

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