FIFA expects SFA to act against Rangers

FIFA has told the Scottish Football Assocation it expects action to be taken against Rangers for using law courts to overturn a decison.


A judge ruled on Tuesday that a transfer embargo placed on the Glasgow club by the SFA was unlawful.

The ban on new players has been overturned and has been referred back to the SFA appeal tribunal. Scotland's governing body has been told that a transfer embargo was not a punishment open to it when punishing Rangers for bringing the game into disrepute.

But football's governing body FIFA has now entered the issue by releasing a statement.

"At the time of writing we have not received any communication from the Scottish FA," said FIFA.

"In such a case, FIFA will ask the Member Association to take action so that the club withdraws its request from the ordinary courts.

"As a general rule, in case a club is seeking redress in front of ordinary court, as mentioned above the Member Association shall take direct action in order to safeguard the principle laid down in art. 64 par. 2 of FIFA Statutes, which shall be, in view of art. 64 par. 3 incorporated in the Member Associations’ Statutes.

"FIFA will closely monitor the situation so that the issue is resolved as fast as possible."

Under punishments open to the SFA, Rangers could be fined £100,000 as well as being ejected from the Scottish Cup, suspended from football or see their membership of Scottish football terminated by the SFA.

Judge Lord Glennie had earlier agreed with Rangers that the possibility of imposing a one-year transfer ban was not contained in the SFA's regulations.

Rangers, still mired in financial difficulty, have been awarded expenses by the Court of Session.

However, they are still unable to sign players due to the fact they remain in administration.

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