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Douglas Ross is facing a FIFA probe and possible ban after using his football connections for political gain.

The Westminster MP for Moray will again be neglecting the needs of his constituents this afternoon to run around Glasgow waving a flag to pick up a generous match fee and travel expenses from the Scottish Football Association.

It will be the third time in two months that the extreme right-winger Ross has been on the line at Celtic matches in Glasgow which conveniently allows him to network for his political activities across the Central Belt.

FIFA has very strict rules to keep football and politics apart, in recent times Scotland and England have had to argue the case for adding a poppy to their shirts for international fixtures.

Former Daily Record and Sun reporter Russell Findlay recently took up a role as Head of Communications for the Scottish Tories with a clear remit to show their newly appointed leader as a down-to-earth guy by softening his extreme views such as his hatred of Travelling People and the Gypsy community.

Among the garbage used to promote Ross he has discussed how Atomic Kitten are his Karaoke favourites and that in-between Zoom calls with Scottish Tories he gets his kicks from watching cow videos on You Tube.

Last month every home in Scotland received a glossy four page leaflet promoting the family guy Ross using images of him in his referee kit with FIFA logo.

Today the Daily Record reports:

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross faces a ban from football after he included an image of himself as a match official in a party leaflet.

World football governing body Fifa has received a complaint that the MP and part-time referee breached neutrality rules by using the image.

The complaint, lodged by a member of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, called for an investigation into the political mailshot, which was sent out to Scottish homes last month.

It could see Ross ­­– who has officiated top-flight games including international and Champions League fixtures – hit with a suspension.

The complaint said: “I want Fifa to launch an investigation and deal with this as a matter of urgency, given we are now in an election cycle in our country. This leaflet has been distributed by the political party that Mr Ross leads.

“It has been sent to households throughout Scotland and it clearly shows him using his image as a Fifa official to try to benefit himself and his organisation with this endorsement. I believe he did not use a picture using his SFA uniform as it might have questioned his right to do so.”

At the last international break extreme right-winger Ross was given lucrative appointments on the line at Wembley for England v Wales and Luxembourg v Cyprus.

Every Glasgow appointment costs the SFA expenses of 360 miles, a hotel stay and meal costs.

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