SFA board member Gary Hughes is fighting to keep his job after it was revealed he called Rangers fans “the great unwashed”.
The Daily Record claims that Hughes, who is part of an eight-strong board on the SFA, could face the sack over his comments in a magazine 12 years ago.
And they add that the SFA will launch an investigation into the controversy, with Hughes a self-confessed Celtic fan.
Hughes is also chairman of the SFA’s audit committee and is set to stand for re-election to the SFA board next month.
Talking in trade maagzine The Publican on August 28, 2006, Hughes said: “Glaswegians are passionate about sport – actually I mean fitba’!
“The next best thing to being at Celtic Park (only the great unwashed venture South to Ibrox) is watching the game, pint of Tennents in hand along with some like-minded souls.”
Rangers are concerned about the comments as the SFA’s compliance officer is currently probing issues around the club’s UEFA licence from 2011.
A Rangers spokesperson said: “If it is proven such an inappropriate comment was made by an independent non-executive director of the SFA we would expect that body to investigate thoroughly and quickly.”
Football Insider verdict:
This is problematic, no-matter how much Hughes has proved himself to be ‘independent’ in the past. The SFA must be seen to be completely neutral and comments like these, whether said in jest and over 12 years, are completely unacceptable. You wouldn’t have a referee in charge of an Old Firm game who had said stuff like this, no-matter how good an official he had proved to be. It just opens the SFA up to accusations over decisions it takes, whether procedure was followed correctly or not.
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