Points deduction verdict emerges after Rangers developments - Finance Guru
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Dan Plumley has insisted that future fines or points deductions could be on the cards at Rangers if fans continue to break the rules after delaying the game against Dundee.
No club has ever been sanctioned for such incidents, with the Scottish FA deciding against it once again after the 5-0 win at Dens Park last week.
The finance expert admitted that the English FA have clamped down on fan behaviour quickly, with the Scottish FA backed to follow soon, as the only way to stop these things is to hit the clubs where it hurts.
“I think that is the ultimate end game with these things, a sanction,” he exclusively told Ibrox News.
“In England, the FA have been pretty sharp to clamp down on things, a lot of was around pitch invasions, especially in big games towards the end of the season.
“You’ve seen fines handed out and it’s pretty standard, if you’re going to run the risk of doing that, then you run the risk of the financial penalty.
“Ultimately, that is not great for the club, of course, the fans want to express themselves in certain ways but it can cost the club money, and we have seen examples of that in England where that has been the case.
“You would expect a similar narrative in Scotland to start taking place if these things continue because ultimately, the only way you stop them is you hit the club where it hurts and that either means fines or point deductions.
“We’ve seen fines to date, but you can see the way the sanctions can start to go. I get the sense if it carries on, it’s only a matter of time before Scottish football brings in sanctions as well.”