Fans Take Action As Mike Ashley’s Dual Newcastle/Rangers Involvement Breaks Rules
Rangers fans are calling foul on Mike Ashley’s interference at the Glasgow club, claiming that the Newcastle owner has breached the arrangement that allows him to own up to 10% of Rangers as well as Newcastle.
The Union of Fans (UoF) is a coming together of six different Rangers supporter groups and they believe that by calling for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to remove two Rangers Directors, the Scottish FA (SFA) must now take action.
Ashley’s arrangement with the SFA means he can own up to 10% but Article 13.1 of SFA Articles of Association states that no person involved in another club ‘has any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of a club’ without ‘written prior consent’ (from the SFA).
The Rangers fans coalition believes Mike Ashley has clearly breached these guidelines and are demanding the Scottish FA take action to protect their club from the Newcastle owner’s barely-disguised intentions.
The Union of Fans released this statement;
“The SFA’s special dispensation, which allowed Mr Ashley to purchase up to 10 per cent of the club, was clearly designed to mirror Uefa rules on dual ownership.
“These rules do not allow anyone to exert a ‘decisive influence’ over the decision-making of two clubs.
“There can be no more obvious attempt to exert ‘decisive influence’ over another club than to try remove its executive directors.”
The UoF on controlling merchandise/virtually free stadium naming rights;
“Charles Green and the previous board have already allowed Mr Ashley to plunder the club for onerous merchandise contracts and virtually free stadium naming rights. He also has full control of the club stores.
“We firmly believe that it is Mr Ashley’s intention to now attempt to grab ownership of the club’s trademark rights including our name and badge.
The UoF on the attempt by Ashley to control trademark/image rights;
“We believe he is deliberately attempting to hamper the efforts of others to invest in the club so that he can provide a loan on terms which will allow him to demand these trademark rights.
“The SFA has a duty to Rangers to rigorously enforce both its own and Uefa rules on dual ownership.
“We believe Mr Ashley’s EGM call is a breach of those rules and we have written to the SFA calling on them to take appropriate action.”
Sadly at Newcastle we have so little leverage, when the wolf that is Mike Ashley walked into St.James’ Park in sheep’s clothing pretty much all Newcastle fans thought he was a saviour of the club who would breathe new life, vitality and ambition into the club…
The reality is of course that he wanted the club lock, stock and barrel, even forcing every Newcastle fan who owned shares to sell them to him, once he had acquired the major shareholdings, including those of the Halls and Shepherds in particular.
Good luck to Rangers fans, important for them that they throw everything at it now before it is too late and they see the rest of Mike Ashley’s empire as the major beneficiary from Rangers football club in the future, rather than the fans and all the other people who love the club.
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