Is Rangers FC a charity case?
A basket case certainly, but do Rangers now have charitable status?
I only pose the question following the revelations that part of proceeds from a charity match between Rangers legends and AC Milan legends scheduled for Ibrox on March 30th is to be given to the club, presumably through the administrators.
Rangers FC Manager Ally McCoist has billed this game as a fantastic initiative by Rangers Charity Foundation’. The plan was that profits would be split between Rangers and A. C. Milan charities.
Very noble, some might suggest dignified.
In today’s papers Connal Cochrane, Rangers Charity Foundation manager is quoted as saying:
“The club and the Rangers fans have been tremendous to the Foundation over the last 10 years, and now it’s our turn to Step Up For Rangers. The Rangers Charity Foundation suggested the club should benefit from the match, and we were delighted that the AC Milan Foundation agreed.”
There are very tight rules in place by the Scottish Charity Register stating quite clearly that you can’t advertise an event as a charity occasion then redirect cash for another non-charitable project.
I’m sure the Charity Commission could sort it out and advise the administrators if they are free to accept the money.