Mike Ashley to face SFA hearing relating to dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle United

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley is to face a hearing after being accused of breaching SFA rules relating to dual interest in Newcasle and Scottish side Rangers.

The Scottish Football Association is ready to punish Ashley and Rangers over the Newcastle United owner’s Ibrox involvement.

Hampden chiefs have issued both Ashley and the club with notices of complaints.

The latest development in the Gers saga came the same day as it was confirmed boss Ally McCoist had tendered his resignation.

McCoist has given a 12-month notice period but the final say on whether the manager remains in charge of the cash-strapped Light Blues for that long could ultimately rest with the Sports Direct tycoon.

However, his behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings have now put the Magpies owner on a collision course with the SFA.

Compliance Officer McGlennan has charged him with breaching two of the governing bodies’ rules.

The first - disciplinary rule 19 - states that “except with the prior written consent of the board no person [who] has any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration or a club, may at the same time either directly or indirectly (a) be a member of another club; or (b) be involved in any capacity whatsoever in the management or administration of another club; or (c) have any power whatsoever to influence the management or administration of another club.

A second charge accuses Ashley of breaching disciplinary rule 77, which states, “A recognised football body, club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of Association Football”.

The hearings will take place in January next year.