Football: Former Rangers chief fined for racist remark

Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green was fined £2,500 ($3,881, 2,972 euros) on Thursday for making alleged racist comments about an Asian member of the Scottish club's staff in a newspaper interview.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) found Green guilty of "bringing the game into disrepute by making comments in a media interview of an offensive and racist nature" and "not acting in the best interests of football".

The SFA's decision to charge Green was prompted by a newspaper report that quoted him referring to former Rangers commercial director Imran Ahmad as his "little Paki friend".

Green was initially unapologetic in the face of criticism for his remarks but later issued an apology.

The Englishman stood down from his post with the fallen Scottish giants in April, following a series of allegations made by former Rangers owner Craig Whyte about last year's takeover at Ibrox.

He said the "negative publicity" was causing a distraction for Rangers, who recently clinched promotion to the Second Division following last year's demotion from the Scottish Premier League as punishment for financial irregularities.

Green, who did not appear at Thursday's tribunal, has been given 30 days to pay the fine.