Former referee Steve Conroy is taking the Scottish FA to court for unfair dismissal. Conroy quit refereeing after being overlooked for a top flight match for three months.
His last game was the controversial game at Ibrox between Rangers and Dunfermline on 3rd December 2011. Conroy awarded Rangers a penalty after Sone Aluko was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box under a challenge from Martin Hardie.
However, an SFA fast-track tribunal subsequently banned Aluko for two matches for diving. The decision to ban the winger angered Rangers manager Ally McCoist.
McCoist, at the time, said: “The three gentlemen on the panel have effectively called my player a cheat and a liar, neither of which he is. It’s an absolutely incredible decision, given that the referee is literally five yards from the incident. The panel agreed there was contact, so for them to uphold the decision and go against their own referee, who had a particularly good game, is ridiculous.”
Now it seems that Conroy has been given the green light to take his case against the Scottish FA to an employment tribunal, reportedly for ‘unfair dismissal and age discrimination’.
Conroy became a referee in 1993 and reached category one status in 2000. He took charge of around 300 senior games, including almost 100 in the SPL, as a category one referee.
The Ibrox match was Conroy’s last SPL fixture – a game which referee supervisor Donald McVicar, the former SFA head of referees, complimented Conroy on – and spent the next three months refereeing in the lower leagues.
A date for a hearing with full details of his claims has still to be set.