SFA to sue Craig Whyte over unpaid £200,000 fine

The Scottish Football Association is suing former Rangers owner Craig Whyte over a £200,000 unpaid fine for bringing the game into disrepute, after ignoring requests to pay for the last ten months.

The Scottish Football Association is suing former Rangers owner Craig Whyte over a £200,000 unpaid fine for bringing the game into disrepute, after ignoring requests to pay for the last ten months.

• SFA confirms legal action under way to claim unpaid fine.

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• Whyte failed to declare to SFA he had been banned as a director.

Scottish football chiefs have confirmed that a writ has been served after a string of warnings issued to the tycoon went unheeded for 10 months, and football chiefs will now go through the courts to seek payment.

The Motherwell-born businessman has previously refused to pay the fine, branding it “a joke”, and saying he would seek legal advice over what he called the SFA’s “defamatory statements”.

The SFA confirmed that the writ had been served to Mr Whyte but refused to comment further.

It is understood that the writ was served to Mr Whyte at his residence at Grantown on Spey in the Highlands last week.

Whyte took over at Rangers in 2011 after buying the club from Sir David Murray for just £1, but the club took a nose dive after financial difficulties, and ‘oldco’ Rangers were eventually liquidated and replaced with a ‘newco club’ which began life in the Scottish Third Division.