London hotel kicks Glasgow Rangers into touch

A London hotel has told bosses at a top Scottish
football club that they are not welcome in their property.

Glasgow Rangers is scouring London for a venue for its
EGM after the original hotel dumped its booking.

Fans and shareholders were furious when the club
announced that the directors meeting on 4 March would take place 400 miles
south of Ibrox in the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre in

But the venue has now backed out of the booking following
concerns about disruption to their regular business customers. 

The EGM was announced shortly
after Rangers accepted a loan lifeline from Newcastle United and Sports Direct
owner Mike Ashley.The actions of the current
directors have provoked protests from Rangers fans and shareholders.

The club insists the meeting will still go ahead in English capital.

A spokesman for the football club said: “Rangers has
been informed that the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre which
was the intended venue for the Requisitioned General Meeting on Wednesday 4
March 2015 is no longer available.

“The hotel management at the Millennium Gloucester has
taken advice from different quarters and concluded that the GM cannot be
managed without significant disruption to guests and neighbours.

“The hotel management felt it necessary to take this
position after receiving numerous complaints and false information from
individuals purporting to be shareholders.

“The board is concerned the situation was exacerbated
by irresponsible and inaccurate media coverage.

“An alternative venue is currently being sought in the
London area and will be announced as soon as possible.

“The Board apologises for any inconvenience this may
have caused shareholders due to matters out of its control.”

A spokesman for the Millennium Gloucester Hotel said
the hotel would not comment on the emotions surrounding the meeting.

He said: “The suite booked for the event has a capacity
of 500 people but we feared as many as 2,000 could turn up.”

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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