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Fears of disruption forces rethink over venue

London hotel tells Rangers: ‘You can’t hold your egm here’

Millennium GloucesterThe Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London has told Rangers Football Club that it cannot stage its shareholder meeting on 4 March because of concerns over ‘disruption’ to guests.

The club has tonight reluctantly accepted the decision but is still refusing to hold the extraordinary general meeting called by Dave King in Glasgow and will now look for an alternative London venue.

Rangers issued a statement which blamed the media for the hotel’s decision. It stated: “Rangers have today been informed that the Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre which was the intimated venue for the club’s EGM on Wednesday 4 March 2015 is no longer available.

“The hotel management at the Millennium Gloucester have taken advice from different quarters and concluded that the EGM cannot be managed without significant disruption to guests and neighbours.

“The hotel felt it necessary to take this position after receiving numerous complaints and false information from individuals purporting to be shareholders.

“The board are concerned the situation was exacerbated by irresponsible and inaccurate media coverage.

“An alternative venue is currently being sought in the London area and will be announced as soon as possible.

“The board apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused shareholders due to matters out with their control.”

Mr King, who holds just under 15% of the club’s shares, has called the meeting with the aim of ousting the current board whose decision to hold the meeting in London has been criticised by supporters.

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