Scottish FA director Gary Hughes will not seek re-election at Wednesday’s AGM after being embroiled in a controversy over insulting Rangers fans.
Hughes, a Celtic fan, called Rangers fans the “great unwashed” in an interview with a trade mag 12 years ago.
The news was reported on the Sky Sports Scotland Twitter page on Monday evening.
BREAKING NEWS@ScottishFA director Gary Hughes will not seek re-election to the board at Wednesday's AGM, following controversy last month over a 2006 interview where he described #Rangers fans as "the great unwashed" pic.twitter.com/znoUC4kpS9
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) June 4, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Strike one for Dave King. The Rangers chairman has pursued the SFA and the SPFL over two separate issues that both address impartiality at the top in Scottish football. It always seemed that Hughes’ position would be untenable after these remarks came out – no-matter how long ago they were. It’s tough to argue that you’re impartial when you’ve made incendiary comments, no-matter the context, in your adult life.Hughes will not seek re-election and Rangers will celebrate a mini triumph against the Scottish authorities that they have long deemed biased towards Celtic. It marks a new aggressive stance from King as he looks to resurrect Rangers and, before a ball has been kicked, he’ll have the fans firmly on side. With him firing shots from the rear and Steven Gerrard taking over matters front of house, Rangers will have a new-found fire going into the next Premiership campaign. It’s going to be an interesting one.
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