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SFA surprised by Lord Glennie's 'unlawful' verdict regarding Rangers

The Scottish Football Association have admitted their surprise that a transfer embargo handed to Rangers FC has been deemed unlawful.

The Glasgow club were hit with a sanction that would see them unable to deal in the transfer market for 12 months but yesterday, Judge Lord Glennie ruled that the decision by the SFA was the wrong one leaving the association stunned.

"We are surprised by today's verdict at the Court of Session, especially since the original sanction against Rangers FC was imposed by an independent panel chaired by a leading QC and upheld by an appellate tribunal chaired by a Supreme Court judge," a SFA spokesperson said.

"We will now consider our position with our legal advisers before making any further comment."

But Rangers administrators Duff & Phelps were delighted with the ruling although they admit it was a negative spin to have to go to court regarding the matter.

"We welcome the decision by Judge Lord Glennie today that vindicates the club's position that the original SFA judicial panel tribunal and the appellate tribunal acted beyond their powers in imposing a transfer embargo on the club," join administrator Paul Clark said.

"The costs for this legal action have been awarded against the SFA and it is our position it is very regrettable that court action was required.

"Both we, and the SFA, will have to study the full ramifications of the judgment when it is published and either side has 21 days in which to decide the next course of action or whether they wish to appeal."

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Andrew Slevison
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