SPL - SFA chief investigates 'Pope' email slur

Wed, 10 Nov 17:46:00 2010

An offensive email about the Pope that was allegedly forwarded on by the Scottish Football Association's head of referee development Hugh Dallas will be dealt with "internally" by the governing body.

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SFA chief executive Stewart Regan released a statement on Wednesday saying that he had spoken with members of staff at Hampden Park about the email that was apparently sent from Dallas's work email address on the day of the Pope's arrival in Scotland in September.

The email pokes fun at the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church by referring to the Pope.

Regan apparently met with Dallas on Wednesday after the former referee, who was fourth official at the 2002 World Cup final, returned from Europe.

"I can confirm I have looked into the circulation of the email reported in the media at the weekend. Let me state categorically that I do not condone the transmission of any email content that might cause offence to anyone," said Regan.

“I have spoken with staff and the matter will now be dealt with internally, in line with the Scottish FA’s Information Systems Acceptable Use Policy.”


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