Saturday, 26 November 2016 11:56

THREE-JOBS Ross must explain U-turn on midweek games

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RULES SHOW THAT MSP MUST HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO REPEATEDLY MISS PARLIAMENT

Embattled Tory MSP Douglas Ross must explain his u-turn on refereeing midweek football games – after previously indicating that he’d put parliamentary work first if elected.



When standing as a candidate in 2010, the SFA reported that Mr Ross “is keen to continue refereeing but appreciates that juggling midweek commitments would pose a problem for midweek fixtures but fully expects to be available for Saturday appointments”.

Under UEFA rules, referees are assumed to be unavailable and must proactively inform authorities of their availability – meaning Mr Ross must have volunteered for midweek duties knowing that this would result in repeatedly missing parliamentary responsibilities.

Tory welfare spokesman Adam Tomkins has also come under fire for missing a joint meeting of the Social Security Committee and the Scottish Affairs Committee due to his second job as a lecturer.

Commenting, SNP MSP James Dornan said:

“Douglas Ross has insisted that he’ll continue to skip his parliamentary duties to take glamour trips abroad with his £40k-a-year third job.

“Yet in the past Mr Ross assured voters that he’d give up midweek games and only referee on weekends. He needs to tell us – what’s changed?

“And why has he repeatedly volunteered for midweek games knowing that this would mean being AWOL in his day job?

“The arrogant comments from these Tories show that they think they can do what they want, and are treating the people of Scotland with contempt.

“Rather than running around trying to get herself on every chat show in the country, it’s time Ruth started focussing on her day job – and got her colleagues to do the same.”

Notes:

Referee stands for Parliament
http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_fa_news.cfm?page=1848&newsID=5735
If Douglas were to become an MP, he is keen to continue refereeing but appreciates that juggling midweek commitments would pose a problem for midweek fixtures but fully expects to be available for Saturday appointments.

“MP’s are back in their constituencies every weekend and while some may relax with their family, go hill walking or take part in any other hobby they have I will be free to be appointed wherever required. I certainly hope that it works out that way.”

Practical info for match officials
http://www.ksi.is/media/domaramal/practical-info-for-match-officials-2013.pdf
Referees should inform UEFA directly via FAME of their availability as far in advance as possible. By default in FAME referees are not available; therefore the onus is on the referee to enter his/her availability. UEFA will make referee appointments based on who appears as available in FAME. Referees should not wait to be appointed for a match before giving UEFA this information.

Tory welfare spokesman under fire for missing parliamentary event to do paid part-time lecturing role
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14916382.Tory_welfare_spokesman_missed_parliamentary_event_to_earn_on_his_second_job/

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