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Mike Ashley has challenged the SFA over its approval of Dave King

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley looks relaxed despite their relegation battle
Image: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (with tie) challenging the SFA over King

Mike Ashley has lodged a court challenge against the Scottish Football Association over its approval of Dave King's appointment as chairman of Rangers.

Rangers shareholder Ashley has called for a judicial review of the decision to pass King as 'a fit and proper person' to join the Ibrox board. The case is due to be heard on February 4.

A statement from Scottish football's governing body read: "The Scottish FA can confirm we have received a petition for judicial review and will be defending it. We will make no further comment at this stage."

The Newcastle United owner had earlier prompted a separate legal action against King and Rangers over allegations they breached an injunction on revealing details of the club's commercial relationship with his Sports Direct company.

That case will be heard in the High Court in London on December 9.

Ashley's sportswear firm Sports Direct is owed £5m by Rangers and King has resisted attempts to make the club repay the debt as the two sides continue to argue over the retail contract, which fans have heavily criticised for offering little income for the club.

Image: King (pictured) has been involved in on-going dispute with Ashley

The Scottish Championship club's board has tabled a resolution to this month's annual meeting for the removal of voting rights of any shareholder involved in another football club.

Ashley has previously clashed with the SFA and was fined £7,500 in March for breaching dual ownership rules.

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King won approval to take the chairman's role in May, having earlier led a successful bid to oust Rangers' previous board.

The SFA had taken time to assess King's suitability in light of his tax convictions in South Africa.

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