COPS PROBE VILE THREATS TO THE HAMPDEN 3; RANGERS IN CRISIS.
POLICE were last night investigating sick threats made against the SFA panel who sanctioned a 12-month ban on Rangers buying players.
Officers visited Hampden after the identities of Raith Rovers director Eric Drysdale, QC Gary Allan and former freelance journalist Alistair Murning were revealed on numerous internet sites. Drysdale told the Record: "I understand feelings are running high. If it was my club then I would understand the emotions."
A police source confirmed they were investigating specific threats against The Hampden 3 - but strongly denied suggestions counter-terrorism officers were involved. A source said: "We have been made aware of specific threats against all three members of the SFA committee. These threats are being assessed by our officers and investigations are underway."
Drysdale contacted the Record in the wake of comments by Rangers manager Ally McCoist demanding the identity of the three-man panel.
He said: "It was unfortunate Ally chose to speak out in the way he did yesterday and cause this furore for people who have given up their time voluntarily.
"I have no axe to grind against Rangers or any other club. I genuinely believe when the statement of reasons is published then obviously Rangers can and no doubt will appeal."
The SFA said the three panel members had been subjected to "abusive and threatening communication" after their identities were "compromised".
He said: "This has been extended to directors of the Scottish FA, whose private details have been published on websites and who have, themselves, been victims of abusive communication.
"This culminated tonight in a visit by Strathclyde Police, who are taking seriously the threats made towards the individuals involved."
The panel's punishment of Rangers was branded "draconian" by administrators, leading to a storm of protest by fans. The SFA also fined Rangers pounds 160,000, banned owner Craig Whyte from football for life and fined him pounds 200,000.
And a judge yesterday ordered the handover of ALL correspondence from Sir David Murray's sale of the club to Whyte.
Administrators Duff and Phelps won the order at the Court of Session in Edinburgh under insolvency legislation.
Lawyer Susan Ower told Lord Hodge administrators needed the dossier to fully investigate the takeover.
It includes all letters, faxes, filenotes and emails between the Murray firm and English solicitors Collyer Bristow, who are now being sued by the administrators at the High Court in London.
After being contacted by lawyers, the Murray company said they wanted to cooperate fully but were concerned over confidentiality clauses.
Therefore, they had to wait for the official court order before doing so.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 26, 2012|
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