Published: 05/12/2012 17:18 - Updated: 05/12/2012 17:27

Elgin chairman must answer SFA complaint

ELGIN City chairman Graham Tatters has been issued with a Notice of Complaint by the Scottish Football Association over his alleged role in the club’s Rangers ticketing controversy.

Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters
Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters

Mr Tatters is accused of being involved in the oversale of more than a thousand tickets for Elgin’s scheduled Division 3 match against the Ibrox side on November 25.

The match, which was due to be screened live on television, was postponed on safety grounds after it was discovered the Moray club had considerably exceeded it’s 4,520 capacity in ticket sales.

The SFA have ruled that the City chairman breached disciplinary rules by ‘not acting in the best interests of Association Football by knowingly distributing tickets for the above match in excess of the maximum capacity of the ground at which the match was scheduled to be played.’

Elgin City were fined £25,000 by the Scottish Football League and ordered to pay Rangers’ match expenses after admitting their blunder.

They also face possible measures by Moray Council, who are investigating the possibility that the club breached health and safety regulations by selling too many tickets.

Mr Tatters subsequently said sorry to the supporters for the inconvenience caused by the debacle.

He told the Northern Scot: "We have got to get the club’s reputation back and I can only apologise to everyone."

Mr Tatters has until next Wednesday to response to the notice, before it is dealt with at an SFA hearing on December 20.

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