Mike Ashley and Rangers FC wait for judge’s ruling in merchandise dispute

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley and bosses at Rangers Football Club are waiting for a judge’s ruling on the latest round of a long-running High Court fight over merchandise sales.

Judge Lionel Persey finished overseeing the latest in a series of hearings in London on Thursday.

He is expected to publish a ruling in the near future.

Mike Ashley court case
Rangers lost a round of the legal battle in October (Jane Barlow/PA)

Lawyers representing a company in the Sports Direct Group, SDI Retail Services, say Rangers bosses are in breach of obligations under a deal relating to replica kit.

The football club disputes the claims made against them.

Rangers lost a round of the fight in October.

Another judge ruled Rangers had breached the terms of an agreement made with SDI.

Mr Justice Teare concluded bosses at Rangers had made a new agreement with another firm without giving SDI a chance to match that firm’s offer.

SDI has subsequently made further complaints.

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