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SFA drag their heels on Ibrox dispute as SPFL fear losing key sponsor

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The SFA are in no rush to rule on the sponsorship dispute between Sevco and the SPFL.

Three weeks ago the Ibrox side refused to participate in the activities related to the new deal between the SPFL and cinch.

While every other club added the logo to their sleeve and provided trackside and backing board advertising Douglas Park’s club refused to comply.

Rather than punish the club with the withdrawal of sponsorship money or a points deduction the SPFL has taken to writing to clubs warning that the cinch deal is at risk due to the actions of one club.

Next weekend should have been boom time for the new sponsor but there will be no double whammy from the action at Ibrox with most media organisations locked out from covering the Glasgow derby with only one club wearing the cinch logo.

Discussing the process of putting together a three person panel to rule on the issue, The Herald reports:

It’s understood that the chair has yet to be chosen but there is no time limit as to how long the case can last once he or she is appointed, although the SPFL will be hoping for a swift conclusion in case cinch decide to terminate the agreement. In the meantime, under the conditions of the Arbitration Act, neither side is able to speak publicly about the issues involved.

Earlier this year it took the SFA more than two months to suspend Nathan Patterson and his Covidiot pals. Last August Celtic had two matches postponed within 48 hours of news emerging of Boli Bolingoli taking a day trip to Spain.

Since July 2012 clubs from Ibrox have enjoyed a different set of rules to other member clubs of the SFA and SPFL.

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