Scottish FA director Gary Hughes has decided not to seek re-election to the SFA’s board after an article from 2006 emerged in which he called Rangers fans “the great unwashed” – but despite falling on his sword there’s still no apology from Hughes.
The Scottish FA confirmed in a statement, as quoted by the Evening Times, that Hughes would not be seeking re-election but the lack of any contrition is quite remarkable.
While it is a fairly tame comment by Old Firm standards, the very least the Gers would expect is an apology after the self-confessed Celtic fan was caught out.
What hasn’t helped matters either is the SFA’s unwillingness to engage in dialogue with the Gers over the issue before Hughes decided to step down – either it wasn’t a big enough issue to investigate or it was big enough to effectively cost Hughes his job; it can’t surely be both.
With Hughes gone, everyone will go back to not caring about what he said 12 years ago but the SFA still have some serious questions to answer over the way they’ve handled it.
The Gers will, quite rightly, want to know who appointed Hughes and if they were aware of his comments before they were brought to light by the media.
The Ibrox giants will also want to know why it was enough for Hughes to walk away but not for the SFA to investigate their complaints.
But most importantly, they’ll want to know just how many others within the SFA have made slurs against the Gers and are willing to slink out the back door without as much as a sorry.
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