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Danish Kaneria spot-fixing appeal hearing adjourned

Spot-fixing appeal hearing for Kaneria's lifetime ban adjourned



18:16 GMT, 10 December 2012

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

The hearing for Danish Kaneria's appeal against the lifetime ban handed down to him by an England and Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel was today adjourned, with the case expected to resume in the new year.

The adjournment came following legal submissions from both sides in London and a new date for the hearing will be agreed in due course.

Kaneria was given the ban in June for his role in a spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner was found guilty of 'cajoling and pressurising' former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro 40 match in 2009.

Kaneria denies all involvement in the plot and after the hearing in June he immediately indicated his intention to appeal.

Top Spin

The Pakistan Cricket Board said in
July that he would be suspended from playing in his home country until
the outcome of the appeal was known.

Witnesses are yet to be called in the appeal hearing.

Craig Levein in legal dispute with SFA

Sacked Scotland manager Levein in legal dispute with his former employers



23:54 GMT, 13 November 2012

The Scottish Football Association have confirmed they are involved in a legal wrangle with Craig Levein's representatives over his removal as Scotland manager.

Levein last week announced he was seeking legal advice after being 'relieved of his duties' by the SFA, who said they would continue to honour his contract, which has 20 months to run.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: 'Craig is entitled to his opinion. We made it very clear that Craig's contract had not been terminated, that his terms and conditions would be honoured up to the end of the contract in June 2014.

Departed: Levein is seeking legal advice over his removal as Scotland boss

Departed: Levein is seeking legal advice over his removal as Scotland boss

'It's a legally binding contract and that was our position that we set out very clearly last Monday night.

'Craig has taken legal advice which he is entitled to do and the matter is now being dealt with between Craig's lawyers and the Scottish FA's lawyers.'

In a statement issued last Wednesday night, Levein said: 'I note the position as stated by the Scottish Football Association but do not concur and I am currently taking legal advice as to my options.'

Craig Kopczak quits Bradford Bulls

Kopczak quits Bradford on eve of Catalan clash with prop set for legal showdown with Bulls



12:07 GMT, 8 September 2012

Craig Kopczak is set for a legal showdown with Bradford after quitting the Super League club on the eve of Saturday's game against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

The 22-year-old prop made himself unavailable for the last match of the regular season after terminating his contract.

Kopczak, who was on Friday named in Wales' squad for the end-of-season triangular tournament involving England and France, is under contract to Bradford until the end of 2013 but opted to resign when the club's takeover went through last weekend.

The player's agent, Martin Shuttleworth, confirmed Kopczak had taken legal advice, drawing on legislation used in the recent Rangers case, namely the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations 2006 (TUPE).

Quitting: Kopczak (centre) has left the Bradford Bulls

Quitting: Kopczak (centre) has left the Bradford Bulls

In a statement, Shuttleworth said: 'Craig was notified by the joint administrators by letter dated September 3, 2012 that his playing contract had transferred with effect from August 31, 2012 to OK Bulls Ltd.

'He then served notice on the administrators that he objects to the transfer of his employment under the relevant TUPE legislation.

'The net effect of having served the notice is that he is deemed to have resigned with effect from August 31, 2012 and his employment with the club is automatically terminated.'

It is thought the highly-rated Kopczak is on the wanted list of several clubs, with Wigan and Huddersfield understood to be among the front-runners.

Bradford's acting chief executive Gary Tasker believes Kopczak has been approached by rival Super League clubs, contrary to a gentleman's agreement not to do so, and says the matter has been put into the hands of the club's solicitor.

'I'm bitterly disappointed that the player has taken advice which has resulted in him leaving the group at this late stage of the season,' Tasker told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

'The major disappointment in this episode is that a young player on a good contract doesn't normally terminate it unless he is being offered better terms elsewhere.

'At a meeting of Super League clubs several weeks ago, the clubs agreed unanimously that they would not approach Bradford's contracted players.

'It would appear that a club has broken ranks and made the player a better offer. It's now in the hands of our legal advisors to resolve it.'

The Rugby Football League are expected to ratify the takeover by local restaurant owner Omar Khan early next week and will then decide on the process for determining whether the Bulls can stay in Super League.

Patrick Collins: Who would want their children to turn out like a Ferdinand or Terry?

Who would want their children to turn out like a Ferdinand or Terry


23:08 GMT, 14 July 2012



23:08 GMT, 14 July 2012

The post-match interview is a ritual
of modern football. It features a reluctant player, a docile inquisitor
and a parade of weary platitudes. The match is reviewed through a
rose-tinted lens; head-butts become ‘handbags’, vile insults are reduced
to ‘banter’, history is rewritten. At the close of this exchange, the
player is thanked for his candour and awarded a bottle of champagne.

Recently, I asked a television sports
executive why footballers are let off so lightly, why they are not posed
the kind of searching questions which other public figures expect to
face. He acknowledged that they get an easy ride but said: ‘If we
started embarrassing them, they wouldn’t agree to come on. Their image
is very important to them, you know.’

After the events of the past week, I’d
say they can stop worrying about that image because it is now hanging
in shreds from the rafters of Westminster Magistrates’ Court. We never
really swallowed the insulting fiction that the game is played between
old chums, who might differ over the odd decision yet revert to
back-slapping bonhomie at the final whistle. But we now discover that
the reality is even uglier.

Gutter abuse: The revelations at Westminster Magistrates' Court were not pretty

Gutter abuse: The revelations at Westminster Magistrates' Court were not pretty

Thanks to John Terry, Anton Ferdinand
and their various associates, we know that an alarming number of
professional footballers inhabit a world in which gutter abuse is
routinely employed as a tactic and the F-word is set aside only when the
C-word springs to the tongue, and arrogant entitlement is a way of life
while dignity is a distant stranger. All of these things we had
suspected, yet it was strangely depressing to have those suspicions
vindicated in court.

Already the legal implications have
been scrupulously dissected, by eminent lawyers as well as learned
pundits who have watched an entire box-set of Rumpole Of The Bailey. The
Crown Prosecution Service have been roundly condemned for proceeding
against Terry, although this would seem to be refuted by the
magistrate’s observation that ‘it is clear that the prosecution has
brought a strong case’.

But I know little of these affairs and
if I remain confused by Terry’s stated reason for uttering those
appalling words — that he was quizzically repeating something he thought
that Ferdinand had said — then better minds than mine will supply

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No matter. Terry has been found not
guilty of the offence and his rackety reputation has avoided a further,
possibly fatal, blow. The game itself could not make a similar claim.

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the
Professional Footballers’ Association, correctly believes that ‘the
searchlight’ is shining on football and footballers. ‘The players are
role models, whether they like it or not, and they must behave
accordingly,’ he says.

He may well have had in mind
Ferdinand’s extraordinary description of the crucial altercation: ‘He
called me a c*** and I called him a c*** back and he gave me a gesture
as if to say my breath smelled. I said to him: “How can you call me a
c*** You s*****d your team mate’s missus, you’re a c***”.’

When football’s apologists complain
that the national sport is wickedly misrepresented, they may care to
consider that piece of reportage.

In truth, the whole affair yielded
some memorable vignettes. There was, for instance, the character
reference which Terry received from none other than Jose Mourinho; the
shameless one endorsing the legally blameless one. It was the kind of
nugget which renders satire redundant. And there was Ashley Cole’s cameo
role in the witness box: ‘Am I supposed to laugh at that …
Personally, I don’t think I should be sitting here.’ And there was
Terry’s own, unwitting soliloquy: ‘Please, please, please, please,’
which will offer material for crowd chanting when the new season

Say please: John Terry was sniggered at in court

Say please: John Terry was sniggered at in court

Yet mention of chanting crowds serves to remind us of football’s toleration of the intolerable. In the course of his cross-examination, Terry testified that a section of Liverpool fans sang an obscene song about his mother, yet this piece of moronic offensiveness passed unremarked, just another part of the match-day experience.

At Chelsea’s own Stamford Bridge, there are frequent, cretinous eruptions of ‘Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are’. And at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger regularly receives the kind of squalid abuse which ought to result in criminal prosecution.

I recall Harry Redknapp enduring a disgraceful afternoon at Villa Park. Redknapp is not an unworldly man but later he spoke with genuine anguish and disgust at what players and managers are required to endure from malevolent fools. ‘And some of them have their children with them,’ he said. ‘Young kids, watching their fathers make those evil gestures and scream those words. If they did it in the street, they’d be arrested. Why should football grounds be different’

Redknapp was right and the Terry-Ferdinand case has demonstrated the depths to which the game has sunk.

In the hot seat Anton Ferdinand leaves the court after giving evidence on Monday

In the hot seat Anton Ferdinand leaves the court after giving evidence on Monday

The Football Association are to conduct an inquiry to establish what action can be taken in the wake of the trial. The noises-off are not entirely encouraging; why, it has actually been suggested that Terry should be restored as captain of England, a role which he should never have been given and which he has deservedly lost on two occasions. But, frivolous diversions aside, there is a crying need for an intelligent reassessment of the disturbing standards which currently prevail in our national sport.

The FA are apparently considering charging both men with bringing the game into disrepute. Some would say that it is impossible to impugn something so patently disreputable. But it would at least represent an awareness of the problem. They could then go on to consider more fundamental questions, some of which might be occupying concerned fathers of young sons.

After reading those shaming accounts from the magistrates’ court last week, do responsible parents want their family to become involved in this game Are they willing to expose them to the jarring ugliness they will encounter in grounds across the nation Could they seriously propose some of these foul-mouthed louts as role models In short, would they risk their children turning out like Anton Ferdinand or John Terry

These are serious questions. If the game we have loved since childhood is to retain even a smattering of its self-respect, they demand urgent answers.

So it'll be 'Arise, Sir Bradley'

After a few attempts to cover the Tour de France, I came to a couple of conclusions.

The first was that this is the most demanding athletic test in the whole world of sport.

The second was that ultimate victory is reserved for the traditional cycling nations and that the idea of a British winner is merely a pipedream.

Hitting the heights: Bradley Wiggins (right)

Hitting the heights: Bradley Wiggins (right)

So how to account for the presence of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome at the head of the pack Since I am unqualified to explain, I shall simply celebrate a glorious achievement.

And if either man should deliver that triumph, then whatever happens at London 2012, the victor will sweep up every end-of-year sports award.

And he will deserve to.


There are a good many Australian fast bowlers who would take serious offence were you to describe them as civilised, courteous and agreeable. Especially if they were blindingly quick and relentlessly aggressive.

But Brett Lee is the exception.

Formidable: Brett Lee claimed 310 wickets in 76 tests and 380 in one-day cricket

Formidable: Brett Lee claimed 310 wickets in 76 tests and 380 in one-day cricket

In 76 Tests, he hurt a lot of batsmen, shattered a lot of reputations and made a whole lot of friends.

The most honourable of opponents, he will take our respectful good wishes into his retirement from international cricket.

Lance Armstrong refiles lawsuit against USADA

Armstrong refiles lawsuit against USADA after initial action is thrown out



07:28 GMT, 11 July 2012

Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency as he continued to contest charges he used drugs to help him win his record seven Tour de France titles.

The 40-year-old initially filed a lawsuit in a US federal court on Monday which was dismissed by a judge as being a 'lengthy and bitter polemic', designed to attract media attention and public sympathy.

Armstrong and his lawyers were given 20 days to refile his suit against USADA and the body's chief executive, Travis Tygart, which they have now done.

Legal action: Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against USADA

Legal action: Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against USADA

The suit asks the US District Court in Armstrong's hometown of Austin, Texas to find that USADA 'does not have the right to charge and sanction him and strip him of his titles'.

USADA has given Armstrong a deadline of Saturday to enter into arbitration to contest the charges, or accept sanctions which include removing his seven Tour titles and imposing a lifetime ban.

That ban would also cover triathlon, the sport in which Armstrong now competes. If the court grants Armstrong's request that is likely to lead to a lengthy legal battle between the cyclist and USADA.

If his request is rejected, Armstrong would instead face an arbitration hearing sometime between now and November.

Seven up: Armstrong has a record number of Tour de France wins

Seven up: Armstrong has a record number of Tour de France wins

USADA launched legal proceedings against Armstrong last month for alleged doping violations going back 16 years.

USADA have said more than 10 former team-mates and officials will testify against Armstrong.

On Tuesday, three former staff members of the United States Postal Service team, for which Armstrong rode between 1998 and 2004, were handed lifetime bans by USADA.

Dr Luis Garcia del Moral (cycling team doctor), Dr Michele Ferrari (cycling team consulting doctor) and Jose 'Pepe' Marti (cycling team trainer) received the sanctions after being found guilty of anti-doping violations while with USPS team between 1999 and 2007.

The first six of Armstrong's seven titles came while riding for USPS.

London 2012 Olympics: Gareth Warburton wins Team GB appeal

Warburton wins Olympics appeal but 10 other British hopefuls are rejected



15:40 GMT, 6 July 2012

Reprieve: Gareth Warburton won his appeal

Reprieve: Gareth Warburton won his appeal

Gareth Warburton has been added to Great Britain's athletics team for London 2012 in the 800 metres after winning an appeal over his non-selection.

Warburton was left out of the 77-strong team which was announced on Tuesday, having failed to achieve the second 'A' qualifying time he needed during last week's European Championships.

However, the 29-year-old Welshman's appeal was successful, meaning he joins Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer in the 800m.

Ed Warner, chairman of UKA and the chairman of the appeals panel, said: 'We appreciate that this is a difficult time for athletes who were not selected to Team GB.

'Appeals are heard on a matter of process and facts and not opinion, and the panel considered 11 appeals today of which only Gareth's was successful.
'We ensure that the original selection committee has followed the selection criteria appropriately and have made their decisions based on full and correct facts.

'n the case of Gareth Warburton and in light of independent legal advice, the appeals panel decided that the combination of Warburton's current A and current B standards made him selectable under the UKA selection policy and he has been added to the team.'

Agony: Jemma Simpson and Lynsey Sharp both missed out

Agony: Jemma Simpson and Lynsey Sharp both missed out

Warburton, who was just 0.2 seconds away from achieving the qualifying time in Helsinki, said: 'I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to Team GB to represent my country at our home Olympic Games.

'This is an incredible opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it. I am joining a fantastic team of athletes and we're all focused on doing Britain proud this summer.'

Among the other athletes to appeal were Emma Jackson, Marilyn Okoro and Jemma Simpson in the women's 800m, with Lynsey Sharp controversially selected despite only having the 'B' standard.

Jackson, who had been hampered by a rib injury when finishing seventh at the Olympic trials, wrote on Twitter: 'Not too surprised that the appeal was rejected but I had to try. All I can do now is prove to everybody that I should have been in the team.'

Steven Whittaker happy with move to Norwich

Whittaker happy with his move to Norwich, despite threat of legal action



21:45 GMT, 1 July 2012

Steven Whittaker has brushed aside the threat of a Rangers legal challenge to his Premiership switch to Norwich City.

Sevco chief executive Charles Green has vowed to pursue players who have either quit – or are quitting – the stricken club under Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) legislation.

Heading to England: Steven Whittaker (left) happy with Norwich move

Heading to England: Steven Whittaker (left) happy with Norwich move

Whittaker joined Norwich on Saturday and the canaries are also interested in Burnley midfielder Chris McCann, 24, but the exodus at Rangers continues.

Kyle Lafferty has signed for Swiss club FC Sion.

Allan McGregor is interesting Hull City, Jamie Ness has joined Stoke and John Fleck is Coventry bound.

With Steven Naismith wanted by Everton and Steven Davis also poised to find a new club this week, the SFA face a glut of applications for the transfer of player registrations, despite Rangers' opposition.

Privately, the governing body's legal advice is that the players are free to go.

To be certain, however, they have sought FIFA guidance and backing amid fears of a court battle with Green.

'I think it will be OK,' said Whittaker. 'As far as I'm aware, the SFA are holding my registration because the old club was liquidated and the new club hasn't got the registrations yet.

'So the registration has been applied for and I hope now it will be granted and I can continue with my career.'

Defending his position: Whittaker (left)

Defending his position: Whittaker (left)

The Rangers stars tried repeatedly to seek firm guidance on their situation via players' union PFA Scotland.

Despite private assurances from the SFA, however, there was a dearth of information available.

'There was a lot of uncertainty about it all towards the end and not a lot of information coming our way,' Whittaker explained.

'We would try to find out stuff from the administrators and the SFA but no one was forthcoming with answers.

'I think that was because they didn't really know. This is an unprecedented situation and that was hard for all the players.'

Handed a four-year deal at Norwich, Whittaker's wife is expecting their first child in September and are currently in the English city planning their future.

One of those asked to accept a 75-per-cent wage cut when Rangers went into administration in February, the Scotland international decided to leave amidst huge uncertainty over the newco's situation.

Facing the likelihood of starting next season in either the First or Third Divisions with a wage bill the fledgling club simply can't afford, the probability of further departures can't be ruled out simply to balance the books.

Hull interest: Allan McGregor could head south of the border

Hull interest: Allan McGregor could head south of the border

For those players who remain, lower-league football and no European involvement has now become a best-case scenario.

'It's hard to say how Rangers should be punished,' added Whittaker.

'The players will feel it most, yet they did nothing to bring it on. They will be punished hardest, be it through dropping down a league or having wages cut.

'Obviously, a lot of people feel that, after what happened, they deserve to be punished in some shape or form.

'Nobody knows what lies ahead for the players. I hope they will adjust to the situation, but the one certainty is the guys will give it their best shot, whatever happens.'

Conceding that he took a calculated gamble in walking away from a five-year contract worth 20,000 a week, the former Hibs player can now prepare for life in the world's most feted league.

In contrast, the SPL faces grave uncertainty and an unprecedented situation.

'It was a bit of a risk for me,' Whittaker admitted.

'I had a long contract at Rangers and I could have changed it over. But we didn't have any idea what level of football the club would be able to offer us.

'Privately, I was always confident and hopeful there would be something out there for me. So I was willing to take that chance and have faith I could get something decent.

'The competition in England will be harder than it was in the SPL. Every game will be as tough as the last one and it's going to be a very different challenge to the one I've been used to with Rangers in Scotland.

'I have played in the SPL all my career and sometimes you can get a bit stale.

'In England, you play the other teams twice, home and away. That is definitely a very different challenge.'

Celtic reach settlement with Alan Thompson

Celtic reach settlement with Thompson over coach's dismissal from club



18:21 GMT, 29 June 2012

Celtic have announced they have settled with Alan Thompson over his dismissal from the club's coaching staff.

The former Celtic player's contract was terminated earlier this month and he instructed his lawyers to act over the issue.

Settled: Alan Thompson (right) spent time as a player and a coach at Celtic

Settled: Alan Thompson (right) spent time as a player and a coach at Celtic

A statement on the club's official website read: 'Celtic PLC and Alan Thompson are pleased to advise that they have reached an agreement to amicably settle their legal dispute.

'Celtic PLC extend their thanks to Alan for his services to the club as a top-level player and a first-class coach.

'Alan would like to express his deep gratitude for the overwhelming and heartfelt backing he has received from Celtic fans everywhere, and for the support of his legal team at Bridge Litigation UK Solicitors.

'Alan intends to continue his coaching career, building on the invaluable experience gained during his time with Celtic.

'Alan wishes Celtic Football Club and the fans every success for the future.

'Celtic would like to thank Alan for the contribution he has made to the club over a number of years as both a player and a coach, and we sincerely wish him well for the future.'

Coventry and Stoke to offer Fleck and Ness a way out of beleaguered Rangers

Coventry and Stoke to offer Fleck and Ness a way out of beleaguered Rangers



22:01 GMT, 27 June 2012

Two English clubs are taking advantage of the woes at Rangers and are in advanced talks to offer two of their young players a way out of Ibrox.

Stoke City and Coventry City are facing down the threat of legal action from in-coming Rangers’ owner Charles Green and are poised to sign Jamie Ness and John Fleck respectively for nothing from the trouble-torn Glasgow giants.

Rangers are facing liquidation and a consortium, led by Green, has secured the business and assets in a deal valued at 5.5m.

On the move: Ness

On the move: Fleck

Offers: Ness (left) and Fleck

The former chief executive of Sheffield United is trying to persuade Rangers’ players to transfer their existing deals to the new company.

However, several are unhappy with the proposal and have instructed lawyers from the Professional Footballers’ Association to contest the legitimacy of Green’s demands, claiming their existing contracts are null and void, effectively rendering them free agents.

Ness and Fleck are taking advantage of the situation to leave, despite threats from Green that he would take legal action of his own, suing the players for breach of contract and their new clubs for an inducement to break contracts.

Stoke City are in the process of signing Ness, 21, and a highly-placed club source insisted that they were confident they had acted within the legal framework, dismissing Green’s claims they would be liable for any legal action.

Likewise, Coventry were last night waiting for the new company to come into existence, ending Fleck’s current contract of employment and triggering what they hope will be a successful swoop for the attacking midfielder.

The Sky Blues are facing competition from other clubs interested in the 20-year-old but were hopeful of concluding the deal and, as of yesterday, had not received any information from the authorities that would be a bar to his registration with the Football League.

Rangers lose four more players

Exodus! Four more – including keeper McGregor – turn their back on newco Rangers



21:31 GMT, 26 June 2012

Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness tonight joined the Ibrox exodus after declining to transfer their contracts to Charles Green's newco Rangers.

They joined Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Sone Aluko and Rhys McCabe, who registered their objections before the start of this week.

A statement from lawyer Margaret Gribbon of Bridge Litigation read: 'Allan McGregor, Steven Davis, Jamie Ness and Kyle Lafferty have instructed PFA lawyers' Bridge Litigation UK to object to their transfer to the Rangers' newco.'

Looking to the future: Allan McGregor has rejected the contract switch to newco Rangers

Looking to the future: Allan McGregor has rejected the contract switch to newco Rangers

Lee Wallace earlier pledged his future to the newco club, which is almost certain to start life outside the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

But Wallace and Lee McCulloch are the only two players to have committed themselves publicly to staying at Ibrox and Green now faces the prospect of more players walking away, possibly without compensation.

The law firm's statement added: 'The union's lawyers are already instructed in this matter for Rhys McCabe and Sone Aluko.

'Bridge Litigation UK has confirmed that letters of objection have been sent to the club along with requests to the SFA to release the players' registrations.

Steering clear: Steven Davis has also chosen to seek pastures new

Steering clear: Steven Davis has also chosen to seek pastures new

'Bridge Litigation UK have shared with the players the contents of legal guidance issued by the SFA last week on the issue of TUPE and player registration and which they state supports their legal view that an objection under TUPE amounts to a lawful termination of contract giving the club no entitlement to a claim for compensation.'

Ms Gribbon added: 'This has been an extremely difficult period for all the players and in the end their decisions were influenced largely by footballing considerations.

'SPL football appears highly unlikely and even First Division football cannot be guaranteed in light of comments made today by two First Division clubs.

'The players' commitment and loyalty to oldco Rangers cannot be questioned; they voluntarily took significant wage cuts in a genuine act of solidarity which ensured that none of the playing squad or club staff would lose their jobs.

Put on the spot: Kyle Lafferty has joined the list of players who want out

Put on the spot: Kyle Lafferty has joined the list of players who want out

'But for their contribution, it's likely that the club would not have survived until the end of the season.

'As professional footballers, the players' careers are relatively short lived and they are entitled to exercise basic employment rights the law affords to all employees in this country under the TUPE Regulations.

'I now expect the SFA and FIFA to interpret their rules and regulations in accordance with the TUPE legislation so that the players' registrations can be released without delay.'

The news comes after six of the 12 SPL clubs stated they would oppose Green's application to take Rangers' place in the top flight.

And Raith followed Falkirk in stating their objection to a deal which could see the club entering the Irn-Bru First Division instead of applying to join the Third.

Lifted out of it: Jamie Ness wants no part in the bleak future at Ibrox

Lifted out of it: Jamie Ness wants no part in the bleak future at Ibrox

Given the ongoing uncertainty, the decision of Wallace to stay was arguably more of a surprise than the others leaving.

Wallace said on www.rangersfc.co.uk: 'When I arrived at Ibrox the support from the club, players and fans was fantastic.

'The fans showed great faith in us all during tough times and I still feel I have more to show them during the remainder of my contract.

'My partner is expecting our first baby soon and my priority is to my family. This gives me the incentive to improve my performance and ultimately win trophies.'

Wallace signed a five-year contract when he joined from Hearts in August last year in a deal worth 1.5million.

However, the original Rangers company will go into liquidation with Hearts still to receive 800,000 and it is unclear whether Green's club will be forced to pay.

Wallace added: 'My personal decision in
no way condemns or judges those made by my fellow professionals as I
believe each person has different circumstances and reasons which will
determine the road they choose to travel at this particular time. I
respect the decision taken by each individual player.'

Dark clouds: Rangers continue to suffer setbacks in their bid to be reborn

Dark clouds: Rangers continue to suffer setbacks in their bid to be reborn

Green's Sevco consortium bought the assets and business of Rangers for 5.5million earlier this month after the club was consigned to liquidation when creditors rejected his offer.

The former Sheffield United chief executive threatened legal action for breach of contract against exiting players at the weekend but he adopted a less aggressive stance following talks with PFA Scotland on Monday, simply arguing they would not play for a bigger club than Rangers.

Although Green has claimed his company would be entitled to a transfer fee he is unable to stop players joining other clubs with FIFA likely to issue a temporary document backing the transfer if Green objects, before any potential arbitration hearing further down the line.

Green's case is further weakened by the fact that his club is not yet a member of the SFA.

Rangers players were due to report for pre-season training on Thursday but it is unclear how many will turn up at Murray Park other than McCulloch and Wallace.

The players and staff who have agreed to transfer their contracts are also due to receive their first pay packets from Sevco on the same day.