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Rangers and Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct in court clash over kit sales

A High Court judge is preparing to rule on a row between Rangers bosses and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct.

The Scottish club have been prevented from selling their new kit which was released last week, after Ashley’s firm won a court order.

The sportswear giant’s holding company SDI Retail Services Limited went to the High Court in London where they obtained a temporary order which stops the club selling the strips made by Hummel.

Sports Direct have claimed that Rangers are in breach of contract as they have not allowed the company to put in a bid to market and distribute the strips.

Bosses at Rangers want to sign a new deal with a third party but SDI bosses say a contract clause means they should have a chance to match any new offer.

A judge said he would analyse evidence about the meaning of a contract clause at a High Court trial in London in late July. Mr Justice Phillips said bosses at Rangers should not sign any new deal until he had ruled on the contract row.


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