Elgin City fined £25,000 for fiasco that saw Rangers game postponed

Elgin City have been fined £25,000 by the Scottish Football League after the late postponement of their clash with Rangers last weekend.

The top-of-the-table showdown between Elgin City and Rangers  was due to be played on Sunday but was called off on Friday after what the SFL described as “a substantial oversale of tickets”.

One fifth of the fine imposed will be donated to a charity chosen by Rangers.

And the Ibrox club will also be reimbursed by Elgin for any costs they incurred relating to the match.

A reported 1,100 extra tickets were sold on top of the 4,520 capacity of Elgin’s ground.

A statement from the SFL read: “The board of the SFL have found Elgin City FC to have breached Rule 98.4 and Rule 44.5 of the organisation’s Constitution and Rules.

“The club have been ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 to the Scottish Football League, £5,000 of which will be donated to a charity chosen by Rangers FC.

“Elgin City FC have also been ordered to pay compensation to Rangers FC of an amount no less than the actual costs incurred by that club in the preparation and planning of this match, these expenses to be satisfactorily vouched to the board of the SFL.

“The Scottish Football League would like to stress in the strongest terms that safety of fans is our number one priority, and that all clubs must adhere to the officially sanctioned ground capacity as agreed with the authorities.

“The date of the rearranged match will be announced later this week.”