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Falkirk found to have tapped up Ray McKinnon

Falkirk’s recruitment of boss Ray McKinnon from Greenock Morton breached SPFL rules, according to a panel.

An SPFL board sub-committee found the Bairns “failed to comply with rules related to the employment of the current management team”.

They’ll now reconvene to decide whether or not to apply a sanction.

A statement said, “An SPFL board sub-committee, chaired by an experienced independent solicitor, has determined that Falkirk Football Club breached and/or failed to comply with SPFL rules D9 and D10 in relation to the employment of its current football management team.

“A further hearing will now be arranged for the sub-committee to consider what sanction, if any, should be applied.”

The Bairns have said they’re “extremely surprised and disappointed” by the decision.

An online statement read, “Falkirk FC is extremely surprised and disappointed by the SPFL Sub Committee’s decision regarding Rules D9 & D10 in relation to the employment of our current football management team.

“We have yet to receive full written explanations as to how this decision was reached and have requested these be shared with us as a matter of urgency.

“Our position remains unchanged and we believe all proper process was followed in the appointment of both Ray and Darren.

“As a club, we have already expressed our grave concerns over the way this matter has been dealt with by the SPFL and consider that this decision has serious consequences for the future movement of players and managers in Scottish football.

“Once we have received a fuller explanation from the SPFL, we will meet with our legal representatives and decide on our next course of action.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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