Rangers SFA hearing adjourned

Rangers SFA hearing adjourned after Whyte's lawyers ask for more time



17:28 GMT, 29 March 2012

The Scottish Football Association
have adjourned their hearing into Craig Whyte and Rangers after Whyte's
lawyers asked for more time to prepare a case.

The hearing, which was to take place
in front of a three-man judiciary panel at Hampden on Thursday, followed
Lord Nimmo Smith's independent inquiry which ended with the SFA
charging the administration-hit Ibrox club and owner Whyte with seven
breaches of its rules.

More time: Owner Craig Whyte's lawyers had SFA hearing adjourned

More time: Owner Craig Whyte's lawyers had SFA hearing adjourned

The club is charged with five offences, including failing to abide by SFA regulations over the “fit and proper” person's test, and Whyte, ruled unfit by the SFA to be a club official, with two more.

Rangers claim there are mitigating factors and will hope to persuade the panel to distinguish between the actions of one man and the actions of the club.

The SFA released a statement which read: 'At today's (Thursday) Judicial Panel Tribunal at Hampden Park, representatives for Mr Craig Whyte submitted a request by letter for further time to prepare their response to alleged breaches of the Scottish FA disciplinary rules.

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'The panel adjourned the hearing, with three days set aside for both Mr Whyte and Rangers FC to attend on April 17, 18 and 20.

'A procedural hearing has also been assigned for April 6 for Mr Whyte to lodge a substantive response and for representations to be made as to state of preparation.'