I wrote earlier about the “deliberate non-disclosure” as opposed to “clerical error” aspect of the Nimmo Smith decision.
Now to the next part – how, despite the rules being broken, did Rangers receive a “not guilty” verdict on fielding ineligible players?
I repeat below my summary, and then on to the issue in question.
Click on the link below for the full decision.
Commission Decision 28 02 2013
The Commission has found Rangers Football Club PLC, (now RFC 2012 PLC) which is in liquidation and which the Commission referred to as “oldco” as will I, guilty on all four counts, namely three of breaching the rules regarding non-disclosure of information regarding payments to players, and the fourth of failing to co-operate with the SPL by providing information when requested to do so. Oldco was not, for reasons I will come to, guilty of playing ineligible players.
The Commission imposed a fine of £250,000 on oldco.
No finding was made against the football club, which was also a party to the case.
No finding was made against newco, as newco was not a party to the case, but which did appear as the owner of the football club, and, as per the Preliminary Ruling of the Commission, had an interest in any penalty imposed on the football club.
How, one might ask, can the rules about disclosure of documents tied in with player registrations be broken, and yet the players remain eligible? Continue reading