Rangers win case against transfer ban

Published Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Rangers have won a court battle against a transfer embargo imposed by the Scottish Football Association after the club went into administration.

Rangers win case against transfer ban
Rangers FC won the case against the SFA ban. (© Getty)

They will now be allowed to sign players over the age of 18 after originally being banned from doing so for 18 months.

Judge Lord Glennie ruled on Tuesday that the disciplinary panel members acted outside of their powers, following a three-hour hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

He proposed that the case go back to the SFA appeal tribunal that upheld the initial decision by a judicial panel to impose a 12-month ban on registering players aged 18 and over.

The judge accepted the club's petition for a judicial review as he ruled that the SFA could only administer the specific punishments stated in the rule relating to the disrepute charge.

Rangers are already under a Scottish Premier League transfer whilst in administration - now it could end as early as 12 July.

However the club could face tougher punishment - in the form of suspension or expulsion from participation in the game, ejection from the Scottish Cup or termination of membership - from any reconvened SFA appeal panel, as well as the maximum £100k fine already dealt.

The charges of bringing the game into disrepute were handed down mainly over the Glasgow side's failure to pay over £13m in taxes last season.

© UTV News
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