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SPFL confirms no action against Rangers

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Rangers will face no further action from the Scottish Professional Football League after it declared it has “no legal power” to reopen disciplinary action over the “oldco” tax case.

It confirmed earlier indications that Rangers will not be subject to further disciplinary hearings, nor will the club be stripped of titles won while it was paying players through an employee benefit trust scheme.

It was decreed recently by Supreme Court that Rangers should have paid tax on about £50 million of payments to players and staff.

The SPFL has said it supports calls for an independent review of how Scottish football authorities dealt with the situation.

A statement read: “The SPFL Board today announced, following legal advice from eminent Senior Counsel, Gerry Moynihan QC, that there will be no further disciplinary proceedings taken by the SPFL connected with the use by Rangers of EBTs and other tax schemes.

“The SPFL board further announced that it supports the calls that have been made for an independent review concerning the way in which Scottish football’s authorities have dealt with non-payment of tax by clubs, have applied their rules and regulations, and the sufficiency of changes made to their rules and regulations in this area over the last few years.”

Calls were made for Rangers to be stripped of titles won during the EBT years, from 2001 to 2010 after the Supreme Court ruling.

 

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