The three SFA staff fired over the Popegate scandal have been given their jobs back on appeal, but there is no return for disgraced referee’s supremo Hugh Dallas who lost his appeal last month.
Five SFA staff, including Hugh Dallas, were sacked by the governing body after they were accused of forwarding emails, which suggested that the Pope was involved in Child Abuse.
But now three of the five have been handed their jobs back, secretary Amanda McDonald, audio-visual tech Tim Berridge and Admin assistant Marco McIntyre all won their appeals over their dismissals. The trio was backed in their appeals by the GMB Union.
According to the Daily Record, they met with SFA President George Peat and the Head of Human Resources Viv Coady.
Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Secretary said, “The outcome of the appeal was clearly based on the belief that the decision was too harsh and severe under the circumstances. The three individuals have been reinstated and will return to their posts at the end of this month.”
SFA President George Peat, simply stated, “We have now completed the appeals process,” making no further comment.
The fifth employee to be sacked was Mailroom manager Bob Bryan, but he decided not to lodge an appeal.
However there are reports that despite losing the appeal with the SFA President, Hugh Dallas may yet sue his former employers for unfair dismissal.
Journalist Phil Mac Giolla Bhain though alleges that the SFA has a ‘canteen culture’ of anti-catholic, anti-Irish banter. He claims that the three staff members defence was in part, to say that the email they forwarded was just the norm within the corridors of the SFA. And that many more emails and jokes about Priests, Catholics and the Irish people have been sent amongst the staff.
His sources claim that the SFA’s own IT specialists were horrified at the amount of offensive and discriminatory material that they uncovered on the SFA server in the wake of Dallas email.
Bhain further claims that the three workers are angry that senior SFA officials were in receipt of said emails and more of a similar nature from them before the Dallas email story broke.
During the appeal hearing days before Christmas, it was reportedly pointed out to SFA HR specialist Viv Coady, that if the same criteria were used on the rest of the SFA staff, then approximately 70% of the workers there would have to be dismissed also.