MSP in row over remark to disabled Celtic fan
AN SNP MSP has come under fire after suggesting a disabled Celtic fan who raised concerns about parking should simply support another club instead.
John Mason, who represents Glasgow Shettleston, which includes Celtic Park, emailed the supporter after he raised fears a proposed parking ban would leave him unable to attend games.
In response, Mr Mason wrote: “Could you think of supporting a smaller more local club that would appreciate your adding to their crowd?”
Football website Celtic Quick News, which highlighted the email, branded it appalling “on every level”.
Plans to ban car parking within a mile of Celtic Park during matches are being advanced by Glasgow City Council.
But one Celtic season ticket holder from Newcastle, identified only as Gordon, said he is unable to walk for more than 10 minutes and the move could stop him attending games.
Scottish Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour, who was born with a physical disability, said Mr Mason’s response “despicable”.
He said: “John Mason needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If this was an attempt at humour it failed miserably. If he was being serious, that’s a disgraceful position which will make many people wonder if he’s even fit to be an MSP.”
Labour MSP James Kelly said Mr Mason’s comments were “outrageous”.
Mr Mason said he didn’t think people would be offended by his latest remarks if they saw the full email chain.
He said there was a “huge problem” with inappropriate parking around Celtic Park on match days.
An SNP spokesman said: “No-one should have to consider supporting another football club because of lack of disabled facilities – all clubs have a duty to ensure that disabled supporters can access their stadiums and fully enjoy the match day experience.”
John Mason told Celtic fan with parking fears to support another club.