St Mirren chairman John Needham has been fined by the Scottish FA over ‘discriminatory or offensive’ comments made about Rangers on social media.

Needham was charged by the Scottish FA last month after the comments came to light ahead of his side hosting Rangers in the Premiership.

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After being cited by the governing bodies, Needham’s comments were investigated with Rangers also raising the issue and writing to the SFA and St Mirren.

A disciplinary tribunal has determined that £5,000 must be paid up right now, with a further £1,000 suspended until the end of the season after he was found to have breached three Scottish FA rules.


The Buddies chairman apologised when his comments surfaced in October, saying: “On Friday 22 October a number of Tweets I created in the past referring to Rangers fans were highlighted on Twitter. As a club chairman I have extra responsibility for the conduct and example I show.

“These posts are completely inappropriate and do not reflect my character or beliefs as a person and I very much regret them.

“I apologise unreservedly to the directors and fans of Rangers and to everyone at St Mirren. I am acutely aware of my responsibilities. This won’t happen again.”

St Mirren confirmed the outcome of the Scottish FA hearing in a brief statement this afternoon, stating: “Following on from the SFA disciplinary hearing for John Needham, the outcome is as follows: £6000 fine applied with £5000 to be paid immediately and £1000 suspended until the end of Season 2021/22, should there be a further breach of Disciplinary Rules 71/73/77 in this time period.

“St Mirren Football Club will be making no further comment.”

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