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Rangers and Ashley back in court over merchandising dispute
Kit battle: Rangers will be barred from wearing Hummel strip (pic: SNS Group)
Rangers and Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct are back in court today in the latest battle over merchandising.
The dispute moves to the Commercial Court in London in front of judge Lionel Persey QC.
He will assess the position of both parties and explore whether there is any possibility of the issue being settled.
At an earlier hearing Mr Persey ordered the Ibrox club to pay £450,000 in court expenses and imposed an injunction which cancelled the club’s Hummel kit deal from next season. Rangers will not be allowed to wear or sell the strips from season 2020/21.
The club is also facing a bill for millions of pounds to Sports Direct after the retailer’s SDI Retail Services division said it had been denied the opportunity to exercise its rights to match the £10 million three-year kit deal.
Rangers bosses disputed the claim, but Mr Persey ruled in favour of SDI, writing in his final judgement.