Rangers crisis main item on SFA agenda

Wed, 06 Jun 07:59:53 2012

The Scottish Football Association's annual general meeting will take place on Wednesday with talks likely to focus on preventing another crisis like the one currently engulfing Rangers.

Events at the administration-hit club are set to be one of the talking points at the Hampden summit. It is expected that one of the main items on the agenda will be a resolution that gives clubs more responsibilities regarding incoming directors.

More onus will be placed on clubs to show they have carried out the necessary due diligence and investigation relating to new directors in terms of meeting the SFA's 'fit and proper person' criteria.

The move is effectively an attempt to prevent a repeat of Craig Whyte's ill-fated tenure at Rangers following his takeover of Sir David Murray's majority shareholding last May.

The SFA ruled in March that owner Whyte was not 'a fit and proper person' to run a football club following an independent inquiry into the stricken Glasgow giants.

Rangers were also charged with bringing the game into disrepute, resulting in a 12-month ban on signing players, which was ruled unlawful in the Court of Session last Tuesday. As a result of the court action, the SFA have referred their disrepute charge back to their internal appeals process, with a date for the hearing yet to be determined.

In the meantime, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan is anticipating "plenty to discuss" at the AGM.

He tweeted on Tuesday: "Back up the road tonight. Scottish FA Board Meeting in the morning followed by AGM. Plenty to discuss, that's for sure!"

Despite the problems surrounding the game north of the border, the meeting is likely to be less eventful than last year's AGM, when a number of radical reforms won unanimous support.

All 93 member clubs supported each of Regan's proposals to streamline and modernise the governing body's decision-making process on that occasion.


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