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SBD Global/December 5, 2012/Franchises

Rangers Tax Case Ruling To Be Appealed; Fans Plan Tannadice Park Boycott

U.K. tax authority HMRC is to "appeal against the outcome of a tribunal," which saw the oldco Rangers Football Club win its tax case, according to Fraser Wilson of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The tribunal stated the "controversial monies received by the employees were not paid to them as their absolute entitlement." A spokesperson for HMRC said that it is "appealing against the decision." The spokesperson said, "HMRC will seek permission to appeal the tribunal decision." The spokesperson added that parties "need to apply to the tribunal to seek leave to appeal and HMRC has started that process" (DAILY RECORD, 12/4).

RANGERS FANS PLAN BOYCOTT: In Glasgow, Scott McDermott reported Rangers fans’ groups are "planning a boycott" of Tannadice Park for its Scottish Cup tie against former Scottish Premier League rivals Dundee United. Rangers Supporters Assembly President Andy Kerr said that Dundee United -- more than any club in Scotland -- was "the one they would take a stance against if they got them in the draw." Kerr "expects the vast majority of like-minded fans to boycott the clash on Tayside" due to a feud, which started when Rangers followers were charged twice by United Chair Stephen Thompson for a rearranged SPL match in Nov. '09 (DAILY RECORD, 12/4). A statement from the Rangers Supporters Assembly said, "We ask the support to resist temptation of attending the game but rather give your hard-earned cash to a Rangers-friendly pub, bar or club." It continued, "We also understand the desire to support the team -- the fans have demonstrated this to unbelievable lengths of loyalty -- but we ask that on this occasion in a one-off display of fan power we show that we have not been beaten or broken" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 12/4).
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