Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been issued with a note of complaint by the Scottish Football Association after he is alleged to have made comments questioning the integrity of a Scottish Premier League commission.
The SFA have charged Green for remarks he was reported to have made regarding the three-man panel that will investigate the Glasgow club's use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) under the ownership of Sir David Murray between 2001 and 2011.
"That's what we're going to spend our time doing, not turning up at supposedly independent hearings where the SPL appoint the jury, set the outcome, and set the punishment before we have the trial," Green is quoted as saying. The commission is set to meet on November 13 but Green has refused to recognise it or co-operate with the process.
As a result, Green has been charged with breaching SFA disciplinary rules 66 and 71 and has until September 24 to respond. The former rule concerns "Bringing the game into disrepute by calling into question the integrity of the Commission, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith and appointed by the Scottish Premier League Limited ('SPL')."
The latter relates with "Not acting in the best interests of football by calling into question the integrity of the Commission, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith and appointed by the Scottish Premier League Limited ('SPL')."
A hearing has been set-up in principle to take place on October 4. Green stands by his comments and claims that he never questioned the integrity of the panel.
"We've made very clear in the statement that we made that we have never questioned the integrity of the panel," he said. "That is beyond reproach.
"What I do have an issue with is the fact that the SPL has relentlessly been pursuing a fixed and predetermined agenda on EBTs from the moment they realised that they would not be able to get Rangers back into the SPL without a fan revolt.
"Until that moment the SPL were looking to trade SPL status for an admission of guilt on EBTs and a sanction of stripped titles. We couldn't and didn't give them that."