Rangers Fans Call On SFA To Enforce Rules – Stop Ashley


It’s hardly surprising that Rangers’ fans are upset at the antics of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, as he tries to get his hands on some of the assets of the Rangers football club, or is even maneuvering to eventually buy the famous Scottish powerhouse.

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Mike Ashley – what’s his end game at Rangers?

Mike Ashley now owns close to 9% of Rangers, and that’s still less than the 10% allowed by the Scottish FA.

And only yesterday, Ashley’s investment company MASH called for an extraordinary general meeting to be held to remove Graham Wallace, the CEO, and  Finance Director Philip Nash from the Board.

Those two  blocked his attempt to get  such assets as the club badge (crest) in return for a £10M loan which he offered back on Sept 12th.

Now the Union of Fans, the umbrella group for disenchanted supporters, has called upon the SFA to intervene.

This is statement the Union of Fans have issued:

“The move by Mike Ashley to grab power in the Rangers boardroom is extremely concerning.” “The SFA’s special dispensation, which allowed Mr Ashley to purchase up to 10 per cent of the club, was clearly designed to mirror UEFA rules on dual ownership.”

“These rules do not allow anyone to exert a ‘decisive influence’ over the decision-making of two clubs.” “There can be no more obvious attempt to exert ‘decisive influence’ over another club than to try to remove its executive directors.”

“Charles Green and the previous board, as placement for shareholders currently represented by Sandy Easdale, have already allowed Mr Ashley to plunder the club for onerous merchandise contracts and virtually free stadium naming rights. He also has full control of the club stores.”

“We firmly believe that it is Mr Ashley’s intention to now attempt to grab ownership of the club’s trademark rights including our name and badge. We believe he is deliberately attempting to hamper the efforts of others to invest in the club so that he can provide a loan on terms which will allow him to demand these trademark rights.”

“The SFA has a duty to Rangers to rigorously enforce both its own and UEFA rules on dual ownership. We believe Mr Ashley’s EGM call is a breach of those rules and we have written to the SFA calling on them to take appropriate action.”

That’s a good statement by the fans organization.

It is not known exactly what the end game for Mike Ashley is in his pursuit of Rangers – since he is not allowed to own two clubs that compete together.

Whether he can somehow legally get around that limitation is a good question, and that is what is very worrying to Rangers fans.

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61 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    He is a popular man wor Mike.

    Greedy greedy man

    imo

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  • firebug666

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost from a few threads back….

    I think Ashley always knows what he is doing, he will have known everything there is to know about the club before buying it. You would think that at the meetings prior to his takeover all debt and such like would have been discussed.

    Ashley is so successful in his business because he seems to just bumble along head first into everything he wants, and lets all his competitors see him coming. While they are all feeling confident at having worked out his strategy and put in place counters, Ashley broadsides them from a different direction with his real intentions and leaves them foundering in his wake.

    With Rangers, while it looks to the onlookers he is taking them head on, this could just be a smokescreen deflecting attention from his real objective, all I am saying is watch out for the broadside!

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  • Barton

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    good luck you Ger’s fans…..by god you are going to need it rofl.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    The Marshmallowman rolls again.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    This has “Sports Direct @ Ibrox.com” written all over it. Add in the “SD” shirt sponsorship and the SD logo plastered over every available free surface as per SJP and you have a happy Mr Ashley and some very pissed off Glaswegians!!

    Good luck chaps!!

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Firebug : Love your social club analogy.
    So, so accurate.
    Mine was Byker & St Peters (middle club) until I relocated to Derbyshire in 1973. It’s probably history now…. great memories though.

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  • terencelim

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    and some brainwashed dumbass here think he’s doing good for the club.

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  • firebug666

    Oct 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    mecannylad

    Thank you, Mine was the Ex-Servicemen’s Social Club in Station Town, but that’s long gone now.

    On this Rangers thing, I hope they all keep trying to block Ashley, the more they do the harder he will fight and the more control he will want. Till eventually he goes all out to get Rangers, if that happens he will have to reduce his control at Newcastle or sell up.

    If an investor were to take a controlling stake in Newcastle Ashley would want out anyway I think.

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I have a theory.
    People who are mega successful in whatever field they specialise in invariably end up with an honour from Her Majesty.
    Her Honours Committee undertake significant personal and business due diligence befor recommending an award.
    On the face of it , it pains me to suggest that Mike Ashley arguably deserves such an award.
    If such recognition is not forthcoming for the fat b*****d in the next year or so he obviously has a skeleton in his cupboard. I wonder what it could be?

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  • davetoon

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Is there a worlds worst owner award he’s trying to win or did I miss something?

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  • Barton

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Car’nt see Mr Tubbs getting away with his trix’s up Glasgow,there fans will never allow it,and will be far more militant towards him,he will never get away with his stunts up there,can jst see Sturgeon in her chariot leading the charge lol.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VomkssQel8g

    pardew singing 🙂 what a tit

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    mcanny

    i used to play sunday league for them 🙂 1994-95

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    who palace

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Mecannylad,

    It’s still there, still ticking along. Im from Walker ????

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry, those question marks should of been a smiley! Damn iphone.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    mecannylad /mate the middle club and bottom club are still going strong not like are team bud

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Mike Ashley would be well nigh unstoppable if he was as good an orator as he is a dealer/trader/businessman/gambler.
    It always tickles me that he took 27 seconds to muster a reply at his recent Sports Direct AGM.
    We need to get a fox in his henhouse here at NUFC …. but how do we do it? Prowling around the outside of his perimeter fence is just not working.

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Andorra and Gibralta to win, a quid bags you 3 grand. Belgium have looked shaky and Rep. Ireland dont like it up ’em either. Stranger things have happened people…

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  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Heaven forbid…

    You can imagine the scene:

    Her Maj, ‘Arise Sir Mike….. whoops, the sword slipped!’

    Now there’s an image to play with.

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  • Phil K

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Yeah, Mike Ashley’s good when he’s ripping apart those pompous (but stupidly loyal) Newcastle fanbs. But if theres a thgreat of him taking over YOUR club …..PANIC STATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!
    I’d LOVE Ashley to take over Aston Villa and watch those Brummie shitbags start wailing “how unfair” “poor us” etc.
    Quick to throw hate our way.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    mwcannylad @ 9. You are probably correct in your assumptions but, other than make himself extremely wealthy, what exactly has the FCB done to earn himself a gong?

    He is unknown for his Philanthropy, his Charitable Donations, his Promotion of British Exports etc etc. He is despised in the City as a maverick, although that in itself is not really a problem – look what it did for Richard Branson.

    I’m afraid that just being stupidly wealthy, in itself, doesn’t really qualify him – he would have to be “Nominated” even Promoted” by independant 3rd parties, who put him forward for a gong.

    He could of course “Donate” a few £ Million to one of the main Political Parties and that would almost certainly get him a Knighthood, or, for a few £ Million more, a Baronetcy or similar and a place in the Lords!!!
    God forbid lol

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  • mag92

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Ashley is homing in on Rangers and losing any lingering notions about Nufc.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Nothing footballesque in this post.Just grabbing things.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 10, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Nice little piece on the wayward finances at the club and open propaganda by Pardense:

    http://www.thecoplandroad.org/2014/10/newcastle-united-financial-accounts_9.html?m=1

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    92

    if only that were true, i think we are in for a lot more suffering yet

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  • dazzler

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #27

    I think it will be interesting to see what happens over the next month or two leading up to January. Like I said yesterday, there’s a feeling in the back of my mind that we are coasting to the finish line with fatty at the wheel.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #28

    He’s obviously trying to get rid of anybody on the board that prefers Dave King over him. The crafty sod.

    He’s never going to get the backing of the fans though.
    Dave King and his group are all Rangers fans, Ashley is just seen as another spiv who can’t be trusted.

    He’s basically trying the block the investment from the people that the fans trust. It’s all very strange.

    Definitely not winning any friends.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Probably thinking if he gets rid of these two guys he’ll get a free pass to the image rights and so on, and be able to rake in the cash.

    He’s a crafty kernt

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  • 70TWO

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Laurent Robert 32 @25

    I remember seeing those Deloitte figures before and although shocking attempts have been made to justify some of the discrepancy through the fact NUFC were coming out of relegation. Do you know of any financial figures available since 2011/12? As revenues should have dramatically increased in the subsequent year we finished 5th and the club has really only made substantial profits in the past two seasons.

    However whenever anybody in the media says that there is no money to invest, what they actually need to point out instead is that revenue streams have been run down by MA to the benefit of SD.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31

    He’ll probably poop his pants when he gets his first visit from the police warning him about his security lol

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  • toon22

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Mashleys a bully.
    Its just more bulling tactics plain and simple.

    Cant wait to see what it will get him form the Rangers fans.
    Imho he is sturing up a hornets nest there.If it means he sells us im sure there wont be a dry eye at the toon.

    LOL

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  • mag92

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Apparently Lee Charnleys rumoured to be close to being sacked.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Great, Ashley’s buying rangers.

    That must mean he’s selling NUFC because they’ll be competing with rangers in the Champions League.

    Never going to happen!

    He’s picked rangers as he’ll get them at a snip and use the negative publicity from their fans as he does ours for free advertising.

    What difference does him buying shares in Rangers make to NUFC?
    We’ll never be in the same completions unless blind luck wins us a cup.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon22 – Everyone seems to think that Rangers fans will refuse to accept MA in any shape or form and will actively unite against him.

    What a contrast to NUFC fans who, apart from the odd protest, seem very happy to bend over and take whatever they are given. A shame the NUFC fans didnt have the same passion the Rangers fans are being credited with!!!

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Considering the Rangers fans have been ripped off and treated like muck these last few years, the chances of Ashley jumping on the bandwagon are remotely slim.

    Unlucky Michael.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed,
    You of all people should know that management is about choices. Those fans, while passionate, should realise that their club will go broke, again, without a big gun businessman getting involved. Don’t know if it’s going to be this guy, but they certainly need the dosh.

    Sorry, repost, there was no one around 🙂

    cyprus // Oct 10, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    On this Cabs,
    Pardew made a horrible mistake in publicly singling him out. He really does need to take some elementary management lessons before he joins his next team. I applauded AP for doing that strange dance for Cabella, indicating that he should lighten up and enjoy his game. But now he’s gone and ruined it.
    On the Cabs we sold, well, the truth has been revealed. Good player though he is, he was vastly overrated when here. He often disappeared in games, he was often dominated by better MF’s. I can only suggest he goes on strike for a move. Though since he doesn’t play, nobody would notice 🙂

    129cyprus // Oct 10, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Don’t know if this is true, but if it is, and we had bought him, NUFC would now be one of the PL’s dominant teams as we would have won those championships – maybe…

    Newcastle United rejected the chance to sign French legend Zinedine Zidane, it has been revealed.

    Agent Barry Silkman says he offered Zizou to then Toon boss Kevin Keegan when the midfielder was preparing to leave Bordeaux.

    He told sport.co.uk: “I have missed out on players. I suppose the biggest player I missed out on was Zinedine Zidane.

    “I offered him to Newcastle at the beginning of the 1996 season for £1.2million. And they watched him and said that he wasn’t good enough to play in the First Division which is the Championship now.

    “Three months later he went to Juventus for £1.2million and two years later he went for £48million. So I think the people at Newcastle got it slightly wrong.”

    What were you thinking King Kev? 😉

    130cyprus // Oct 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    A good manager publicly takes the heat himself, blames himself for losses. When the team wins, he gives the credit to his players. That’s leadership. That’s when the players play for you. Weren’t you in the same class as Mourinho, AP? Come on man, weren’t you paying attention?

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  • mag92

    Oct 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    The very fact that the owner of a big premier league club, is actively sniffing around arguably the biggest club in Scotland, whilst allowing the big premier league club to stagnate due to lack of investment and leadership is in itself a scandal.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #39

    OP,
    I see what you say, but negative publicity and free advertising are not the same thing man, don’t you agree? It doesn’t quite work that way.

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  • mecannylad

    Oct 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Lee Charnley out eh?
    Not a surprise really.If it’s true it’s certainly not because he is seen as the fox in the henhouse. (He frankly looks and acts like a wet lettuce.)
    My guess is that this Bishop bloke has recommended a more ‘voicy stooge’ to man Ashley’s barricades

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