Rangers administration: Stewart Regan walks out of meeting with fans

THE Scottish Football Association last night defended the decision of its chief executive Stewart Regan to walk out of a meeting with the Rangers Fans’ Working Group at Hampden yesterday, claiming he was subjected to “intemperate language” and an “embarrassing outburst”.

An SFA spokesman said the meeting had been arranged to discuss the work of the group in addressing unacceptable chanting at games, and broadened to take in the club’s financial problems. “It was a major disappointment to the chief executive that a cordial meeting descended into the type of questioning and intemperate language more suited to internet forums,” said the spokesman. “[Regan] reiterated that he was not prepared to endure comments that implied bias towards the SFA and its staff. The final straw was an embarrassing outburst from one member of the group. It is disappointing that this behaviour ruined what should have been a constructive introductory discussion.”

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A statement from the Rangers Fans Working Group claimed Regan had “disgracefully walked out” and that: “our concerns were put forward in a sensible and helpful manner”.