Football secretary sues Hearts for sexual discrimination

Louise Mackenzie leaving the employment tribunal

By Cara Sulieman

A KEY member of backroom staff at Hearts FC told an employment tribunal today (Mon) that she was “very upset” after having the terms of her contract changed when she came back from maternity leave.

Louise Mackenzie has been the football secretary for the premiere league club since 2001, and went on maternity leave in January 2008.

When she returned on a part-time basis in September 2008, she discovered that she would no longer be working every home match day at Tynecastle.

Previously in her full time position this had been the case.

The 34-year-old told the tribunal – led by Employment Judge Susan Craig – that she had asked to come back on a part time basis after the birth of her son, working Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

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Sir Robin blasts SFA for no Team GB

By Cara Sulieman

THE SCOTS-BORN mayor of the London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics has blasted the SFA for blocking a British football team.

Sir Robin Wales is furious that there won’t be a UK team taking part in the football tournament saying it would be the only way for Scotland to “be in with a chance of qualifying for something”.

The Kilmarnock supporter is the civic head of Newham, where most of the Olympics main venues are based, including the athletes’ village.

Speaking about the decision to only have English players in the British team, the 55-year-old said: “It may not be popular with everyone but why not have a British football team?

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Secret documents reveal ministers’ nationalist fears over Scots anthem

By Rory Reynolds

THE SFA’s decision to ditch God Save the Queen in favour of Scotland the Brave at the 1982 World Cup sparked a furious row with government ministers.

Margaret Thatcher’s government feared that allowing the Scottish football team to use the traditional song as their anthem would play into radical nationalists’ hands.

They said letting Scotland’s 1982 side drop the UK national anthem would be “indicative of a national breakaway movement” and aid calls for independence.

But officials said that the issue was a political “minefield”, and allowed the SFA’s decision to use the Scotland the Brave at the World Cup in Spain to go ahead.

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Football fans lose standing area battle

Pars Supporters Trust

By Cara Sulieman

FOOTBALL fans have lost their battle to get the ban on standing areas at Scottish Premier League football stadiums overturned.

The Pars Supporters Trust submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament, arguing that the all-seater rule penalised clubs who were forced to build stands for promotion to the SPL.

After hearing from various bodies, the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament decided to close the petition meaning no reprieve for the terraces.

But the supporters are not happy, saying that the bodies consulted did not understand the argument they were putting forward.

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Touchline bust-up sees boss get seven red cards

By Michael MacLeod

A FUMING football manager has quit after getting sent off SEVEN times in the space of one game.

01 Bradley Singer, manager sent off seven timesBradley Singer, 26, boss of Sunday league side Cove Revolution saw red during a bust up with a referee who he blasted as “petty.”

The Aberdeen side’s boss said: “I just lost it with him and every time I said something he just said “red card.”

He moaned that the referee was blowing his whistle too often and disrupting the flow of the game, against Schooner Thistle at Inverdee playing fields.

But Singer got more than a stiff talking to from the referee, who recorded seven red cards against his name.

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Red card for 82 year-old referee

By Michael MacLeod

SCOTLAND’S oldest referee has blown the whistle on his own career.

Granddad ref Eddie Norrie, 82, was desperate to carry on but reluctantly had to hang his boots up this week due to arthritis.

His career took him all over the world, and despite having never reached top flight football, Eddie says he has loved his time – despite the inevitable verbal abuse from the sidelines.

The Aberdeen-born ref said: “I would have liked to keep going but I have been bothered quite a bit with gout.

“It’s the only thing that stopped me.”
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RANGERS STARS BANNED: Drinking Session Forces SFA’s Hand As Ferguson and McGregor Suspended



RANGERS and Scotland football stars Barry Ferguson and Alan McGregor have been handed lifetime bans from playing for the national team after a drinking session just three days before a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Ferguson, the Rangers captain, and goalkeeper McGregor were informed by the SFA today (FRI) that their services would no longer be required for the Scottish national team.

An announcement was placed on both the Scottish Football Association’s and Rangers’ websites announcing the governing body’s decision.

Both players have also been suspended by the Glasgow giants following an internal club inquiry into the player’s conduct while on international duty.

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