MP gets warn­ing on gypsy trav­eller re­marks

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JEN­NIFER MCKIERNAN

Mo­ray MP Dou­glas Ross has been warned about his use of lan­guage by his sec­ond em­ployer, the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

In an in­ter­view last month, Mr Ross said his pri­or­ity, if he be­came 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 as a part­time foot­ball ref­eree, has flagged up the group’s rules re­lat­ing to dis­crim­i­na­tory com­ments. An SFA spokesman said: “Mr Ross had been re­minded by the com­pli­ance of­fi­cer

“As­so­ci­a­tion did re­mind me about the use of cer­tain lan­guage”

that he should give care­ful re­gard to the SFA’s dis­ci­plinary rules whilst un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion.”

High­lands and Is­lands MSP John Fin­nie, Green, de­scribed the de­ci­sion not to charge Mr Ross as dis­ap­point­ing. 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 af­ter the orig­i­nal in­ter­view was aired.”

Dou­glas Ross

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