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Mike Ashley to pay half of SFA legal costs after losing legal challenge

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Image caption Mike Ashley was fined £1,000 by the SFA over his dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle United

Mike Ashley will have to pay half the SFA's legal bill for his failed attempt to reverse their decision to fine him for breaching dual ownership rules.

The Sports Direct owner has shares in Rangers and also wholly owns Newcastle United. The SFA fined him £1,000 over this dual interest.

Mr Ashley failed to overturn the fine at a judicial review in June.

A judge has also told Mr Ashley to pay an additional fee to the SFA to meet the cost of specialist legal advice.

The SFA had originally fined Mr Ashley £7,500 but reduced this to £1,000 after he appealed.

Mr Ashley later launched a judicial review in a bid to have the fine revoked.

His legal team claimed the SFA had not applied the principles of "natural justice" when dealing with him but this was rejected by judge, Lord Brodie.

Following a short hearing at the Court of Session on Friday, Lord Brodie ruled that Mr Ashley should pay 50% of the SFA's costs.

Lord Brodie said the exact circumstances of the case meant that Mr Ashley should not have to pay all of the costs incurred in the case.

The judge also ruled that Mr Ashley should have to pay an additional fee to SFA to meet the cost of specialist legal advice which they had to take from a solicitor who specialised in sports law.

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