Livi face SFA charges over shareholder

Ian Rankine. Picture: Gareth Easton
Ian Rankine. Picture: Gareth Easton
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Livingston have been hit with several Scottish Football Association charges relating to key shareholder Neil Rankine.

The Scottish Championship club have been accused of failing to disclose that Rankine, described by the SFA as shareholder of parent company Livingston 5 Ltd, also holds interests in Championship rivals Dumbarton along with East Fife.

Charges include failure to act in good faith to the SFA; providing false, misleading and/or inaccurate information on their official return; failing to specify Rankine on official returns; not acting in the best interests of football by their non-disclosure of Rankine’s other interests; and of holding power to influence the management or administration of two other clubs.

The SFA statement added: “Neither East Fife nor Dumbarton are under investigation and there is no suggestion of improper conduct on their part.”

A hearing date has been pencilled in for September 10.