Thousands of Rangers fans descend on Hampden Park to protest against SFA sanctions

Thousands of Rangers fans descend on Hampden Park to protest against SFA sanctions

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19:00 GMT, 28 April 2012

The Rangers Fans Fighting Fund have vowed to take 'appropriate action' against rival clubs depending on the outcome of their appeal against league sanctions.

Former Rangers player Sandy Jardine, who works for the club, hosted a meeting of fans' representatives at Ibrox to discuss their campaign.

Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

March of anger: Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

Rangers have appealed against a 160,000 fine and 12-month transfer embargo imposed by a Scottish Football Association judicial panel and await the outcome of a Scottish Premier League vote on financial fair play proposals on Monday.

Speaking after the Ibrox meeting, Jardine said: 'We will wait to see what the SPL and the SFA do with the supposed sanctions and, after that, we as a body will take appropriate action against either the governing bodies or the individual clubs we feel have been detrimental to Rangers Football Club.

'There is nothing off the table, we will wait and see what the SFA and SPL do.

Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

Speaking out: Rangers have appealed against a 160,000 fine and 12-month transfer embargo imposed by the SFA

'They might not take any action, which is great. But if they do then we will address these actions in an appropriate manner.'

Jardine refused to comment on whether clubs who vote for the SPL proposals would be targeted by fans, with a boycott of away grounds the most likely action.

And when asked how they would decide and discover which clubs were deemed to be acting unfairly towards Rangers, Jardine said: 'Not all clubs are against Rangers, we have some friends out there. We will find out one way or another.'

Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

Big turnout: Thousands descended on Hampden Park in Glasgow

The SPL proposals involve increasing the points deduction for teams in administration from 10 points to at least 15, or a third of the previous season's tally if greater.

They also deal with the prospect of a newco club, the option favoured by American Bill Miller, one of two bidders. A new club, if accepted by the SPL board, would be deducted 10 points for two seasons and lose 75% of their league income for three years.

Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

Peaceful protest: Rangers fans, escorted by police, make their way to the ground

Clubs such as Dunfermline and Dundee United were owed money by Rangers when they went into administration and 800,000 of Lee Wallace's transfer fee is owed to Hearts.

Rangers supporters liaison officer Jim
Hannah brushed off the suggestion that it might be wrong to target clubs
who had suffered from the financial mismanagement at Ibrox.

Rangers fans march to Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association

In it together: People of all ages joined the protest

'These clubs benefit out of Rangers,' Hannah said. 'They make money from Rangers every time we play them at their ground.

'They can make up to maybe 250,000 a season from Rangers fans and they are taking action against Rangers in the situation we are in.

'Not one them are saying remove Rangers from the SPL. They want to keep Rangers in the SPL. Why do they want to keep Rangers in the SPL'

Jardine was speaking before leading a
march to Hampden to protest against the SFA's actions, which were mainly
brought on a disrepute charge.

'The supporters want to demonstrate a united front and the feeling over disgraceful decisions against our club,' Jardine said.

He added: 'There is a feeling in the supporters' group that they have been kicked that much, that if we have to we will go to the Third Division.'

An SFA spokesperson said: 'We are now in receipt of the letter signed on behalf of the Rangers support and are grateful that today's event passed peacefully.

Sandy Jardine holds a letter ahead of delivering it to the SFA during a Rangers demonstration outside Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, in protest against sanctions imposed on the club by the Scottish Football Association.

Written in ink: Former player Sandy Jardine holds up a letter appealing against the sanctions

'We appreciate the frustrations of the Rangers support during this period of uncertainty and today's march showed the depth of feeling towards the club.

'The Scottish FA exists to govern with the best interests of the game at all times and will continue to do so throughout this challenging time for the Scottish game.'

Strathclyde Police said about 7,000 fans had gathered outside Hampden, where they handed in the letter to the SFA offices complaining about the outcome of the tribunal.

Chief Superintendent Andy Bates said: 'There were no arrests at today's protest and I'm delighted at the way that the supporters conducted themselves.'