Published: 14/09/2017 16:03 - Updated: 14/09/2017 16:12

Football Association to take no action against Ross for traveller comments

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Douglas Ross officiating at a game
THE Scottish Football Association has decided not to take any disciplinary action against Moray’s MP.

Douglas Ross, who has officiated as a linesman in Scottish Premiership matches, had been reported to the FA by a member of the public for remarks he made about travellers in an online interview

As one of a long string of questions during the quick-fire interview, he was asked what his priority would be if he was prime minister for the day.

His answer – "tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers" – provoked controversy.

He later apologised, stating that although he still believed the issue of illegal camps was an important one, especially in Moray, there would be other issues he would want to deal with first.

After reviewing the comments, the Scottish FA’s compliance officer has now decided not to refer the matter to the organisation’s disciplinary panel.

However, Mr Ross was spoken to about the FA’s rules relating to discriminatory comments.

An FA spokesman said: "Mr Ross had been reminded by the Compliance Officer that he should give careful regard to the Scottish FA’s disciplinary rules whilst under its jurisdiction."

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