FOOTBALL CHIEF IN BUNG PROBE QUITS; Move by SFA man MacIntyre.
A FOOTBALL chief at the centre of pounds 43,000 bung allegations has resigned from the SFA board after admitting he gambled on matches.
Donald MacIntyre has also quit as treasurer of the Scottish Football League and stood down from the board of Albion Rovers FC.
MacIntyre strongly denies claims by the new co-owner of Livingston FC, Neil Rankine, that he asked Rankine for a pounds 43,000 bribe the day before he took part in a crucial SFL vote on Livingston's future.
But he admitted yesterday he had broken SFA rules by betting on games.
MacIntyre's lawyer issued a statement saying: "In recognising and accepting that the rules of football prohibit players and officials from betting on matches, my client acknowledges having done so.
"As a result, he has today stepped down from the board of Albion Rovers. As a consequence of this, he thereby relinquishes his positions on the governing bodies of football."
Our sister paper, the Sunday Mail, told how MacIntyre ran up pounds 100,000 of gambling debts with Rankine, who is also a bookmaker.
Rankine told the Mail that MacIntyre asked him for pounds 43,000 in cash the day before the SFL voted to demote Livingston from the first to the third division over the club's cash problems.
The millionaire bookie made a formal complaint about MacIntyre to the SFA.
But MacIntyre insists the pounds 43,000 was money due to him from the sale of Dumbarton FC, where Rankine used to be chairman.
He claims he asked Rankine, an old friend, to pay him the money then get it back from the people who bought the club.
MacIntyre said: "I admit that, in a conversation between two friends, I said to Neil Rankine, 'Why don't you pay me the money?' "I categorically deny that there was anything more to it than that."
MacIntyre insisted he could not have influenced the SFL vote on Livingston in any case.
"I am a committee member, not a one-man band," he said.
SFL chief executive David Longmuir confirmed that the league's lawyers had received a letter alleging that MacIntyre had asked Rankine for pounds 43,000.
But he stressed: "We have handled the whole Livingston thing impeccably and I am comfortable with it.
"What Mr MacIntyre does in his personal life is up to him."
CLAIMS: Neil Rankine BETTING: Donald MacIntyre
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Sep 3, 2009|
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