Rangers demand explanation as SFA launch investigation into rivals
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Rangers demand explanation as SFA launch investigation into rivals

The SFA have opened an investigation into comments made by St Mirren chairman John Needham regarding Rangers supporters as the club themselves demand an explanation.

Needham apologised to Rangers and their supporters after a range of offensive tweets were unearthed ahead of the Ibrox club’s weekend clash with Buddies.

These included Needham urging a bridge to collapse as Rangers supporters crossed it on trophy day, before suggesting if this happened it would pollute the River Clyde.

The St Mirren chairman also used a banned sectarian term to describe Rangers supporters and alluded to refereeing conspiracies surrounding the Ibrox club.

However, whilst Needham has apologised the situation is being investigated by Scottish football’s governing body as they ascertain if any further action should be taken.

According to STV, “if the SFA’s compliance officer finds that there is evidence he feels actionable then a disciplinary case may be brought against Needham”.

They also point out that Needham’s communications could be in breach of the SFA’s rule 77:

“A recognised football body, club, official, team official, other member of team staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football.

“Furthermore such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination of, violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.”

According to Heart & Hand host David Edgar, Rangers want greater clarity from the powers that be with the apology not being seen as enough to satisfy the Ibrox boardroom.

“I’m glad to say that Rangers have written to the SFA, to the SPFL and to St Mirren asking about action on this,” said Edgar [Daily Update 25/10/21].

“And I hope they take it all the way – an apology is not good enough.”

An SFA investigation has been launched into John Needham. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The Ibrox support were also remarkably disappointed in a leading anti-sectarianism charity for what they see as flaking on calling out the nature of some of the tweets.

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