Green fined over interview comments
Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been fined £2,500 for making alleged "offensive and racist comments" in a media interview, the Scottish Football Association has confirmed.
The Yorkshireman was accused of breaching two rules after he was quoted in a newspaper report referring to former Ibrox commercial director Imran Ahmad as his "little Paki friend".
Green - who resigned from his position at Rangers last month - has 30 days to pay the fine. Green was charged with allegedly breaching disciplinary rule 66, which relates to "bringing the game into disrepute", as well as disciplinary rule 71, which refers to "not acting in the best interests of Association Football".
He was criticised by campaign group Show Racism the Red Card following the interview, which also quoted him as referring to a former team-mate as "Darkie Johnson".
Green initially accused the organisation of a "knee-jerk reaction", before issuing an apology after being hit with the SFA charges. He said at the time: "I apologise unreservedly if any offence has been taken by my remark. I was actually trying to make the point, albeit clumsily, that I am not a racist.
"Imran Ahmad is a close friend and business associate and I would certainly have no cause or wish to offend him."
Green also apologised to his fellow Rangers directors at a meeting on the same day the board confirmed plans to commission an independent inquiry into Green and Ahmad's management of the club.
The probe was sparked by claims made by former owner Craig Whyte of his involvement with the Green consortium's acquisition of Rangers' business and assets last summer. Green has denied any wrongdoing but subsequently stepped down from the role of chief executive amid "negative publicity" generated by the allegations.
A Rangers spokesperson said: "As previously stated, Charles Green issued an apology to the Rangers Board, who were satisfied he is not a racist. At the time, Mr Green was reminded of the importance of upholding the standards expected by the club and it was acknowledged he would be dealing with this matter on a personal basis.
"However, given the level of fine imposed we believe the panel consider Mr Green's conduct to have been ill-advised rather than racist."
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