Date: 6th June 2018 at 4:41pm
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Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell has insisted the SFA are “wholly independent” after Rangers chairman Dave King’s recent comments toward the governing body.

The Gers chairman had called their independence into question in a withering statement following the row over a slur made against Gers fans made in a trade magazine by SFA director Gary Hughes in 2006.

King has also demanded the SFA confirm whether Hughes has had any role in actions which could have affected the Gers during his time on the board.

Maxwell is adamant he’s seen no evidence of anyone during his four years on the SFA board – and says it is “important” that it continues.

“I’ve not seen any sign of anybody being anything other than wholly independent,” Maxwell said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We’re a governing body and part of our function is to govern the game.

“To do that properly there has to be real independence and I’ve not seen any sign of anything other than that in my time on the board and it’s important that continues.

“My door is always open and I’ll always be here to speak to any club about any concerns they have.”

Football Insider verdict:

The Gers chairman was absolutely correct to demand answers over Hughes comments and his subsequent involvement in the various issues involving the Ibrox giants. Whether Hughes has actually done anything untoward is highly unlikely but it is worth asking the question and shining a light on the Scottish FA’s actions over the last five or six years. Lots of things have gone on since the Gers’ financial meltdown that will one day come back to haunt the SFA and it’s good to see the Gers start to demand answers. After Hughes decided to step down from the board, the SFA will try to side-step the whole issue now but King should continue to demand some answers. The lack of any action against the club by the SFA also speaks volumes at a time when they are pushing a disciplinary charge from 2010/11. Had King’s comments been totally misdirected or unfounded you can bet your bottom dollar he’d have been up on a charge of ‘bringing the game into disrepute.’ He might still – but we wouldn’t count on it. 

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