Members of the SFA Board will boycott a special dinner to induct Paul Gascoigne into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.
Although the event isn’t officially linked to the SFA it is staged at Hampden and enjoys the patronage of the SFA.
The decision to induct Gascoigne has created a storm of protest with supporters across the country unhappy that someone with a history of domestic abuse, racism and anti-Catholic abuse is being honored.
The Daily Mail reports:
Concerned by troubled Gascoigne’s associations with incidents of domestic abuse, racist language and sectarianism, however, Sportsmail understands some members of the SFA board will turn down their annual invitation to attend the dinner.
The SFA have no direct influence over nominations or entrants to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame and are powerless to prevent Gascoigne’s induction.
With the issue having been raised at boardroom level, however, some members of the SFA hierachy believe they can’t be seen to endorse the nomination of the former England international following a string of damaging high-profile headlines in recent years.
During the nineties the troubled former England internationalist spent three seasons at Rangers (IL) during which his newly married wide Sheryl was the victim of a sustained beating.
During his many ‘confessional’ media appearances Gascoigne has admitted his regrets about those incidents but earlier this year he was filmed in Alloa leading supporters on through Simply The Best with the add-ons that fans clamour to hear their hero singing.
The SFA board
Chair: Rod Petrie (Scottish FA)
Members: Alan McRae (Scottish FA), Ian Maxwell (Scottish FA), Neil Doncaster (SPFL), Leslie Gray (SPFL), Michael Mulraney (SPFL), Duncan Fraser (SPFL), Stewart Robertson (SPFL), Finlay Noble (SHFL) and Andrew Waddell (SLFL).