• Scottish Third Division

Rangers terminate Sandaza's contract after hoax call

ESPN staff
April 3, 2013
Francisco Sandaza was duped by a hoax phone call © PA Photos

Rangers have terminated striker Francisco Sandaza's contract after an investigation into a hoax phone call.

Sandaza, who signed for Third Division side Rangers on a three-year deal from St Johnstone in August, had been duped into saying he would leave Ibrox if offered "a better league and more money" by a man claiming to be an agent who handled MLS business.

The 28-year-old, who also described Rangers and their supporters as "amazing" in the call, was suspended by the club last month and has now been released.

A club statement read: "The club has decided to terminate its contract with Francisco Sandaza. The player has been advised of the situation.

"Francisco spoke at length to someone posing as an agent and engaged in a conversation which the club believes to be a material breach of his contract of employment.

"The player was suspended but after careful consideration and a hearing with Francisco and his representatives, the club, and our advisors, believe that dismissal is the appropriate course of action.

"The termination is subject to the right of appeal under SFL rules and there will be no further comment from Rangers on this issue."

Sandaza scored two goals in 17 games for Rangers.

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