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.