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Elgin chairman charged by SFA

The SFA have charged Elgin chairman Graham Tatters after his club's game against Rangers was postponed because too many tickets were sold.

Rangers were scheduled to travel to play at Borough Briggs on November 25, but the Sunday lunch-time fixture was postponed on the Friday before on safety grounds.

Tatters has now been called before a Scottish Football Association disciplinary hearing on December 20 on a notice of complaint for an alleged breach of disciplinary rule 71, the national governing body announced.

It its statement the SFA clarified the alleged breach as "not acting in the best interests of association football by knowingly distributing tickets for the above match in excess of the maximum capacity of the ground at which the match was scheduled to be played".

Tatters has until Wednesday, December 12 to respond.

In consultation with both clubs, Moray Council, Grampian Police and the Scottish Football League took the joint decision to postpone the original fixture.

The SFL announced there had been "a substantial oversale of tickets", with around 1,100 extra tickets reportedly sold on top of the 4,520 capacity of Borough Briggs.

Elgin were subsequently fined 25,000 by the SFL, with one fifth of the fine donated to a charity chosen by Rangers, who were also to be reimbursed by Elgin for any costs they incurred relating to the match.

Elgin declined the opportunity to appeal that judgement, believing they received a fair hearing and now face action from the SFA.

The re-arranged fixture is now scheduled to take place on December 22, two days after Tatters is poised to face an SFA disciplinary panel.