MP gets warning on gypsy traveller remarks
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.”