DAVE KING ‘100% sure’ Rangers will win of any wrongdoing after the Competition and Markets Authority has released its report on the allegations of “cartel activity” against them official sale of goods.
watchdog temporarily found which Elite Sports, JD Sports and Rangers violated competition by law by setting retail prices of some rangers clothing items over several months since September 2018.
In a statement on On Tuesday, the Rangers said they were “committed to operating this is business in full agreement with all laws, including competition law and treats this is very serious” as they prepare their response to the CMA’s findings.
The king was key protagonist in long battle with Sports Direct after regime change at Ibrox in 2015 and was chairman during the period when Rangers, JD and Elite were indicted. of breaking the rules.
“No,” King told the Herald and Times Sport when asked if he believed the Rangers found guilty of any offense. “I am 100% sure that the Club was not involved.”
CMA launches investigation into Rangers deals with JD and Elite in December 2020 and accused sports firms of price fixing of replica kits and clothes in a move that watchdogs claim to have seen their “pocket more money for themselves at the expense of fans’.
When asked if he had knowledge of that the agreement between JD and Elite, King said: “I had absolutely no idea, and due to the Club’s previous embarrassment with Retail, James Blair and I had such tight control over all commercial contracts that I don’t believe it was possible for Stewart (Robertson) or any other manager of the Club to enter into such an agreement without my knowledge.”
Rangers could face fine if they found guilty in in the coming months, and the CMA noted that “Elite and JD Sports have filed for showed leniency during the KMA investigation and confessed to the activities of the cartel.”
King, who stepped down as chairman in March 2020, designated practice of price-correction as “shameful” and insisting the Rangers did not collude with JD or Elite to bring the respective pricing structures in line with fans were withdrawn £60 through board for replica home shirts.
King said, “Absolutely not true As I know. Based on on the difficulties that fans endured, I preferred to keep prices as affordable as possible while making a profit for reinvest in the team to win 55”.