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SBD Global/August 20, 2013/Franchises

Fan Groups Urge Rangers Board To End Charles Green's Advising Role With The Club

The three official fan groups of Scottish League 1 club Rangers "have issued a joint statement on the eve of Tuesday's crunch board meeting, urging Ibrox directors to end Charles Green's consultancy role with the club," according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. They also voiced "backing for the move" by Jim McColl's group to oust CEO Craig Mather, Finance Dir Brian Stockbridge and fellow Dir Bryan Smart. The statement, issued by the Rangers Supporters Assembly, the Rangers Supporters Association, and the Rangers Supporters Association, read, "There are significant concerns among our worldwide fan base over the conduct of former CEO, Charles Green" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/19). The Scotland DAILY RECORD reported Green resigned as CEO in April "amid allegations of links to former Rangers Owner Craig Whyte and anger over racist comments" made about former club Dir Imran Ahmad. Green has faced fresh anger after telling Manager Ally McCoist that he would have a "problem" if he failed to lead the team to a domestic cup win while also backing a £3.4M ($5.3M) legal bid launched by Ahmad against the Glasgow side after he too was forced out of the club (DAILY RECORD, 8/19).

ADVERT REVIEW: In Edinburgh, Angus Howarth reported the Advertising Standards Agency "is to review an advert in which Rangers were described as the ‘most successful’ club in Scotland." The claim "prompted nearly 80 complaints that the advert, which was used to promote season tickets for the Ibrox club, was misleading." Complainants said that the club "had only been formed last year" when the Sevco consortium, led by Green, "bought the assets" for £5.5M, but the watchdog "had already cleared the advert." However, former top civil servant Hayden Phillips, who acts as the independent reviewer of ASA decisions, said that "there had been flaws in the way the decision had been taken" (THE SCOTSMAN, 8/19).
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