Football: Rangers sack Spanish striker after phone hoax

Scottish club Rangers said Wednesday they have sacked Spanish striker Francisco Sandaza following an investigation into a hoax phone call made by a man claiming to be an agent.

A club statement read: "Rangers announced today that the club has decided to terminate its contract with Francisco Sandaza. The player has been advised of the situation."

Sandaza revealed salary details to the caller in the belief the "agent" could broker a move to Major League Soccer in the United States.

Rangers, just promoted from the Scottish Third Division as they begin their long climb back up the ranks following financial problems, added: "Francisco spoke at length to someone posing as an agent and engaged in a conversation which the club believes to be a material breach of his contract of employment.

"The player was suspended but after careful consideration and a hearing with Francisco and his representatives, the club, and our advisors, believe that dismissal is the appropriate course of action."

Sandaza, formerly of Dundee United, Brighton and St. Johnstone. has the right of appeal.