RANGERS supporters’ group The Union of Fans have called for Sandy Easdale to be removed from the board following his meeting with Interpol suspect Rafat Rizvi, who is wanted for fraud in Indonesia.
Rangers have moved to distance themselves from Rizvi after it was revealed he was part of the entourage of a group of Malaysian businessman that met with the Rangers’ board this week. They were here to discuss what a spokesmen for the club described as ‘closer ties’ to a club owned by businessman Datuk Faizoull Bin Ahmad who led the delegation.
The spokesman said: “Rangers this week welcomed a delegation of Malaysian businessmen led by Faizoull Bin Ahmad, Chairman of the Malaysian Super League club Felda United. The visit was organised as part of ongoing discussions between Rangers and Felda United with a regard to a potential youth development partnership. It was at the request of Mr Bin Ahmad that the trip was kept confidential.”
The spokesman was then quick to add that the Ibrox club were unaware of the addition of Raft Rizvi to the group. “Mr Rafat Rizvi arrived with the Malaysian delegation without our prior knowledge. He is an advisor to Mr Bin Ahmad.”
However the meeting sparked anger with supporters of the club after it was revealed that Easdale and Rafat Rizvi had lunch together with Mr Bin Ahmad.
They are unhappy that Rizvi, who is reported to be acting as a middle man in the proposed deal, was an original backer of Charles Green’s disastrous takeover. Furthermore, Rizvi has drawn the fan’s ire over his supposed business links with Imran Ahmad, the sacked commercial director engaged in a legal battle to have £620,000 taken from the club’s account.
A Union of the Fans statement is now calling for Sandy Easdale to be forced to sever links with the club, the statement declared: “We are calling for Graham Wallace and the PLC to take the necessary steps for the immediate removal of Sandy Easdale as a director of Rangers. We raised doubts over Mr Easdale’s conduct as a Rangers director and those doubts were confirmed when he was caught with Mr Rafat Rivzi. Rivzi is wanted by Interpol over a number of charges of money laundering, corruption and bank fraud and is also known close associates of Charles Green and Imran Ahmad. Mr Easdale has dragged our club’s name through the gutter once too often. Perhaps he feels his association with a man wanted by Interpol is acceptable. It is not. Easdale has never shown that he is fit to hold any position at the club. Graham Wallace, Norman Crighton, David Somers and Philip Nash must act immediately.”
The club have so far declined to comment on the statement.