Mike Ashley could pay Dave King and SFA’s legal costs

Rangers' chairman could have his legal costs paid by Mike Ashley. Picture: SNS
Rangers' chairman could have his legal costs paid by Mike Ashley. Picture: SNS
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Billionaire businessman Mike Ashley is awaiting a civil judge’s decision on whether he has to pay the legal bills of the Scottish Football Association and Rangers chairman Dave King.

The Sports Direct supremo abandoned a legal action yesterday in which he wanted to challenge the SFA’s decision to class Dave King as a “fit and proper person” for involvement with the Ibrox side.

He decided to drop the action after his legal team received information about Mr King’s finances which the SFA used in their May 2015 deliberations.

However, judge Lord Bannatyne is considering legal submissions made by lawyers acting for the SFA and Mr King during proceedings at the Court of Session in Edinburgh who argued that the Newcastle United owner is using the legal system to pursue a “vendetta” against Mr King. It was argued that Mr Ashley’s alleged conduct and his decision to drop the proceedings should result in him meeting costs.

Lord Bannatyne is yet to issue his decision.

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