Published: 28/11/2012 09:29 - Updated: 28/11/2012 09:49

City chairman apologises to fans

ELGIN City chairman Graham Tatters has apologised to fans for the Rangers ticket debacle.

The Borough Briggs chief admitted he was relieved that the Scottish Football League didn't impose a points sanction for the over-selling of tickets for last Sunday's game which has to be postponed on health and safety grounds.

The SFL has instead fined the club £25,000 and ordered them to pay Rangers' costs from the game.

A full City board meeting on Wednesday night will discuss what went wrong and the club is set to issue a full statement following that meeting.

Directors Martyn Hunter and Ian Clark pleaded the club's case at Tuesday's SFL board meeting.

"We have got to get the club's reputation back and I can only apologise to everyone," said Tatters.

He said the club was largely run by volunteers and while they had coped with the "massive exercise" of staging the Rangers game, admitted they had "made a mistake".

Hunter thanked the SFL for giving the club a full and fair hearing.

"We were grateful it was brought to a swift conclusion because it could have gone on for some time. We accepted we were found guilty of a breach of certain rules," he said.

"Uppermost in our minds was to stop the players being punished for something that was not their fault."

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