THE Scottish Football Association have been branded ‘blazeratchi’ for deciding not to take action against Moray’s MSP.
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.
Responding to today’s announcement by the Scottish FA that Mr Ross will not be charged, Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said: "No-one with a passing knowledge of Scottish Football will be surprised that the blazeratchi at the SFA have decided there’s nothing wrong with one of their own, Douglas Ross’s deeply offensive remarks."
As one of a long string of questions during the quick-fire interview, Mr Ross was asked what his priority would be if he was prime minister for the day.
His answer – "tougher enforcement against gypsy travellers" – provoked the 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."