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Rangers are committing a serious offense if found guilty of unlawfully raising the price of goods from two UK-based retailers.
That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley who claims the Gers will exploit the loyalty of their supporters if they do anything like this.
According to Glasgow Live, they have been accused of price-fixing with JD Sports and Elite Sports.
The two retailers allegedly worked in cahoots with outfit Ibrox to illegally keep the price of replica kits high so they could “pocket more money for themselves at the expense of fans”.
The extent of Gers fixing the retail price of adult home replica jerseys from September 2018 to at least mid-November 2018.
Discuss with Ibrox Newssaid the Sheffield Hallam University expert,
“If they’re found guilty, they’re breaking a law, so it’s a serious offence.
“I think it’s a serious offense because what you’re doing is taking advantage of the loyalty of football fans and obviously all parties benefit from that.
“You can’t do that with other products because people can choose what they want.
“But for that, only Rangers fans or people interested in the club are going to buy Rangers shirts and that’s what the companies and the club know.
“You talk about the loyalty of football fans and they exploit it.”
The CMA also believes that Elite and JD, without involvement from the SPFL giants, continued to work together to set their prices.
They are believed to have since admitted cartel activity and cooperated with the watchdog.
In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have reached a new impasse with a summer release now on the cards.