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GREEN: I WILL SUE PLAYERS.

Byline: KEITH JACKSON

CHARLES GREEN has told the first four Rangers rebels to find themselves new clubs that he intends to sue them for damages.

Ibrox chief executive Green has written to Norwich, Stoke City, Sion and Coventry City in the last few days threatening to take them all to the cleaners for snapping up the first wave of newco defectors in Steven Whittaker, Jamie Ness, Kyle Lafferty and John Fleck.

Green's letters include warnings he also intends to raise legal actions against each individual player for their refusal to sign up to his proposals - and force their way out on free transfers instead.

It's believed union bosses at the SPFA have been outraged by Green's hardball tactics and - unless the SFA step in to sanction the moves - they will be prepared to fight fire with fire by taking the matter straight to court.

Swiss outfit Sion - who signed Northern Ireland striker Lafferty on Friday - are also believed to have been incensed by the tone of Green's communication and won't back down.

Coventry are believed to be willing to strike a deal with Green for a 20 per cent slice of any future transfer fee should Fleck be moved on for a profit.

But SPFA president Tony Higgins said: "I haven't spoken to a single employment or sports solicitor who agrees with Mr Green's interpretation of the law.

"We are supremely confident that under TUPE and European Law on basic principles of freedom of movement, our members are entitled to sign for new clubs."

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MOVING Kyle Lafferty has linked up with Swiss side Sion DETERMINED Green has vowed to sue contract rebels
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2012
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