Channel 4’s Alex Thomson’s source at the SPL yesterday confirmed that the league will not proceed with their hearing into Rangers illegal registration of players until Sevco agrees to be bound by its findings. This is curious as Item 12 (Sanctions) from the SFA’s ‘List of items required to accompany application for transfer of full membership’ from Rangers to Sevco, an application which Sevco have already made, obliged Sevco to agreed to be bound by these findings.
The relevant part of the transfer application reads:
“Confirmation that Sevco will accept such sanctions as are proposed by the Scottish FA in relation to current proceedings.
Confirmation re EBT sanction position at SPL level and subsequent appeal to Scottish FA.
Confirmation that Sevco will accept responsibility for any breach of the Articles etc by Oldco which has not so far come to light.”
If Sevco have not accepted the terms of the SFA membership application there seems little point putting Scottish Football League clubs through such dramas this week. An alternative explanation is that Sevco have completed their application in full but the SPL have no plausible excuse for delaying tier investigation into illegal registration of players, so have used an implausible excuse.
Neither explanation is tenable. Things are not going to plan for the national bodies.