The Scottish Government and football

Date: 13th March 2017

Scottish Government and football

In England the Football Association tabled a take-it-or-leave-it package of reforms yesterday in an attempt to stave off the threat of its structure being outlawed and England being thrown out of the World Cup.
But the changes were immediately branded “superficial” and “a sham” last night by campaigners angry at their failure to deal fully with the deadwood and the lack of diversity on the governing body’s board and council.

Meanwhile here in Scotland there seems to have been little concern raised about the poor governance and lack of transparency in recent years from Hampden Park. There are many commentators who have felt that the relationship between the football authorities and Government has been far too cosy. That might be about to change.

A few weeks ago we saw the CEO of the SPFL squirm under scrutiny of the Holyrood select committee regarding the minimum wage. We have also seen a potential revision of the Offensive behaviour Act and of course the Private members bill regarding Strict Liability which followed on from Michael Mathieson MSP saying “We need a transparent and robust scheme to prevent unacceptable conduct and deal with it effectively if it does occur, and encourage clubs to take all action possible to address unacceptable conduct. ”

There certainly seems to be a changing attitude in recent months from our members in parliament,however the calls for radical reform that are being discussed across the border have not yet being heard in Edinburgh.

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