The three-man commission, which also comprised the QCs Nicholas Stewart and Charles Flint, were unanimous in their decision. They found that Rangers, under Sir David Murray’s stewardship, entered into side-letter arrangements with a large number of players, with the club making payments to an offshore Employee Benefit Trust and payments made to players in the form of loans.
The commission found that those arrangements, which were required to be disclosed under the rules of the SPL and the Scottish Football Association, were not disclosed to the football authorities.
The commission statement said: “Although the payments in this case were not themselves irregular and were not in breach of SPL or SFA rules, the scale and extent of the proven contraventions of the disclosure rules require a substantial penalty to be imposed.
“Rangers FC did not gain any unfair competitive advantage from the contraventions of the SPL rules in failing to make proper disclosure of the side-letter arrangements, nor did the non-disclosure have the effect that any of the registered players were ineligible to play, and for this and other reasons no sporting sanction or penalty should be imposed on Rangers.”
The commision confirmed its earlier decision that newco Rangers could not be held responsible for any breach of rules by the oldco. They added: “In all the circumstances the commission has imposed a fine of £250,000 on Oldco.”