The battle of Rangers vs the SFA has taken another twist, with the club being hit with FIVE charges by the organisation.
According to the Daily Record, Scottish football’s governing body have hammered Rangers last night. The club have apparently breached five charges in a statement regarding referee Willie Collum.
For those who’ve been living under a rock, Collum wrongly sent off Daniel Candeias against St Mirren several weeks ago. It was just the latest in a career of blunders from the seemingly untouchable Collum.
Now, however, the SFA have moved to protect their man. The charges apparently include indicating bias from an official. Other accusations from the SFA include bringing the game into disrepute and failing to act in the best interests of the game.
Here are all five charges explained by the SFA:
- Indicating bias or incompetence on the part of a match official
- Bringing the game into disrepute
- Not acting in the best interests of the game
- Failing to “observe principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the rules of fair play”
- Failing to ensure “officials, team officials and players” act in accordance with the aforementioned rule.
A saga that’s not needed
The club have every right to stand up for when they feel unjustly treated. The Rangers support demand it in fact. Unfortunately, however, this is all coming at a terrible time of the season.
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Rangers are set to face Villarreal in a crunch Europa League match at Ibrox tonight. That will then kick-start a hectic period of crucial domestic fixtures as well as another huge European clash against Rapid Vienna.
The club initially appealed a decision by Collum to issue two yellow cards to Candeias in a 2-0 win in Paisley. The SFA booted out the appeal before explaining the reasoning for Collum’s decision.
Rangers were never satisfied by this, and wrote a strongly-worded statement regarding the issue. This seems to have angered Scottish football’s main organisation, however.
This is going to get a lot uglier before it gets better. Rangers have until December 4th to respond, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th.