Con­ser­va­tive MP warned by foot­ball au­thor­i­ties over gypsy and Trav­eller remarks

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

TORY MP and part-time foot­ball ref­eree Dou­glas Ross has been warned over us­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory lan­guage by the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. In an in­ter­view the Mo­ray MP said his pri­or­ity as prime min­is­ter for the day, would be “tougher en­force­ment against gyp­sies and Trav­ellers”. The com­ments were con­demned by groups in­clud­ing Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. Now, the SFA, which em­ploys the MP part­time, has flagged up its rules re­lated to mak­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory com­ments. An SFA spokesman said: “Mr Ross had been re­minded by the com­pli­ance of­fi­cer that he should give care­ful re­gard to the SFA’S dis­ci­plinary rules while un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion.” High­lands and Is­lands MSP John Fin­nie, Green, was dis­ap­pointed the SFA had not charged Mr Ross. He said: “No one with a pass­ing knowl­edge of Scot­tish foot­ball will be sur­prised that the ‘blazerati’ at the SFA have de­cided there’s noth­ing wrong with the deeply of­fen­sive remarks of one of their own, Dou­glas Ross.”

Mr Ross said: “The as­so­ci­a­tion did re­mind me about the use of cer­tain lan­guage, some­thing I im­me­di­ately ac­knowl­edged and apol­o­gised for.”

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