The Daily Telegraph

Football is not a religion, judge tells Rangers fan


Football is not a religion merely a lifestyle choice, a judge has ruled.

Although players, such as Pelé and Diego Maradona, have inspired deity-like devotion from football fans, a court has now concluded “it does not constitute a philosophi­cal belief ”.

Edward Mcclung insisted he was discrimina­ted against by two firms because he was a die-hard fan of Rangers Football Club.

The 51-year-old of Bonnybridg­e, near Falkirk, tried to sue energy constructi­on firm Doosan Babcock for £80,000 after he was not rehired after a project in 2019. But Judge Lucy Wiseman ruled that football fandom could not be protected under law.

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