Sevco have issued a one line statement following news that star midfielder Ian Black is to be charged by the SFA for betting on his team not to win in three football matches.
Last night a statement read: “The club is aware of the SFA’s notice of complaint and are currently investigating the matter.”
Despite the severity of the allegations that has been no robust defence of the player or demands from Ally McCoist to find the names of the people that alerted the SFA to the issue.
On Saturday the club website was used to issue a statement attacking internet rumours but not a word was said in defence of Scotland star Black who was signed from Hearts last summer.
Yesterday the SFA released details of the charge against Black which could see the £8,000-a-week former painter and decorator booted out of football.
The SFA statement read: “The Compliance Officer has issued the following Notice of Complaint: Alleged Party in Breach: Ian Black, Rangers FC Dates: 4th March 2006 to 28th July 2013 Disciplinary Rule(s) allegedly breached:
Disciplinary Rule 22 (Season 2012/13 and preceding Rules and Articles):
(1) By betting on three football matches on then-registered club not to win.
(2) By betting on a further 10 football matches that involved then-registered club.
(3) By betting on a further 147 football matches.
Principal Hearing Date: Thursday, 12th September 2013
Mr Black has until Monday 26th August 2013 to respond to the complaint.
Disciplinary Rule 22 (Rule 33 in updated Judicial Panel Protocol for season 2013/14): No club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bet in any way on a football match (except authorised and registered football pools).
Please note that there is no evidence to suggest any breach of Disciplinary Rule 23 (Rule 34 in updated Judicial Panel Protocol for season 2013/14).
Disciplinary Rule 23, for reference: No club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall knowingly behave in a manner, during or in connection with a match in which the party has participated or has any influence, either direct or indirect, which could give rise to an event in which they or any third party benefits financially through betting.
It’s unclear how the SFA were alerted to Black betting on his team to lose, in contrast to reports linking Charles Green with Craig Whyte it seems that the SFA will conduct their own investigation rather than accept an internal probe from the club.
Black is believed to have used a telephone account with Ladbrokes to place bets on his team losing.
If Black is found guilty he could be banned from football for life although an internal Sevco inquiry could lead to his dismissal similar to Fran Sandaza who was sacked by the club for comments made in a hoax interview with a football agent which was broadcast on the internet.