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UKIP candidate labels MSPs ‘bigots’ for congratulating Alloa on reaching cup final

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A UKIP Prospective parliamentary candidate [PPC] has labelled MSPs, including one of the Scottish Labour leadership candidates, bigoted for supporting a motion that congratulated Championship side Alloa Athletic on reaching the Petrofac Training Cup final after beating Rangers 3-2 in midweek.

Caroline Santos, who has been named by UKIP as a PPC standing in Scotland ahead of the General Election, hit out at MSPs labeling them bigots after being contacted by at least one Rangers fan who took umbrage at the fact MSPs congratulated a team for beating the team he professed to support.

Scottish Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Richard Simpson, proposed the motion congratulating Alloa on their victory the day after the Fife side beat Rangers 3-2 in the semi final of the Petrofac Training Cup.

The motion proposed: “That the Parliament congratulates Alloa Athletic Football Club on its 3-2 semi-final victory over Rangers Football Club on 3 December 2014; recognises this victory as the club’s first ever over the Glasgow-based side; praises the Alloa team’s resilience in fighting back for the victory after finding themselves down by two goals in the 64th minute; offers particular praise to Greig Spence, whose second goal of the contest proved to be the winner after he found the back of the net in the 89th minute, and wishes Alloa the best of luck in the match with Livingston in the Petrofac Training Cup final on 5 April 2015.”

It was supported by Conservative, Labour and SNP MSPs in Parliament including Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for Lothian, and one of those running for leadership of the Labour Party in Scotland. Hanzala Malik, Labour MSP for Glasgow and Liz Smith, Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, to name but a few.

Santos was also the go-to-person for those State Aid crusaders within the Rangers support as they alleged collusion between Glasgow City Council and Celtic Football Club – allegations that the independent European Commission threw out – a decision that Santos rejected on the basis of her hatred for anything to do with the EU.

The criticism and abuse fired at these MSPs is supposedly centred around the fact that they should be focusing on politics and not congratulating a football team or engaging in ‘petty politics’ as one detractor called it.

Sadly for these crusading elements – Politicians congratulate sports teams all the time both north and south of the border – including Rangers supporting Politicians.

Examples of Political motions congratulating sports teams

Motion S4M-09686: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/04/2014
Brora Rangers, Highland League Winners
That the Parliament congratulates the players, coaches and management of Brora Rangers FC on the team winning the Highland League championship for the first time since it joined the league in 1962; applauds what it sees as the commitment of the travelling support who made it to Keith to watch the Sutherland-based team’s title clinching victory; considers this an exceptional achievement for the team from Dudgeon Park; notes that, although the 2013-14 season is not yet over, the team is 17 points ahead of its nearest challengers and has scored 109 goals and conceded just 13, and wishes Brora Rangers the best of luck for both the remainder of the current season and future campaigns.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Liam McArthur, Christian Allard, Dennis Robertson, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Roderick Campbell, Chic Brodie, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Alex Rowley, George Adam, Angus MacDonald, Colin Beattie, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Kevin Stewart, Nigel Don, John Finnie, Jean Urquhart, Colin Keir, Maureen Watt, Gil Paterson, Mark McDonald, Clare Adamson.

Motion S3M-02268: Brian Adam, Aberdeen North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2008
Cove Rangers FC SFL Bid
That the Parliament congratulates Cove Rangers FC on winning the Highland League last season; notes Cove Rangers’ excellent work in the community, especially in its youth development programmes; also congratulates it on an ambitious business plan for the future, and wishes it success in its application to join the Scottish Football League.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Alex Johnstone, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Christine Grahame, Nanette Milne, Bill Kidd, Richard Baker, Alasdair Allan, Jamie McGrigor, Kenneth Gibson, Keith Brown, Gil Paterson, Nicol Stephen.

Motion S2M-04302: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/04/2006
North East Footballing Success
That the Parliament congratulates Deveronvale FC on winning the Highland League for the second time in four years; recognises the achievements of both Fraserburgh FC and Cove Rangers FC in reaching the final of the Highland League Cup; pays tribute to players and staff at all three clubs for their terrific achievements this season; believes that these achievements reflect the quality and strength of football in the north east, and wishes the teams well in the future.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe

There was even a motion for one Scottish club reaching a UEFA Cup Final. How bigoted can they get Caroline?

Motion S3M-01854: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/05/2008
Rangers in the UEFA Cup Final
That the Parliament congratulates Rangers FC on its success in the UEFA Cup this season and for reaching the UEFA Cup Final against Zenit St Petersburg at the City of Manchester Stadium on the 14 May 2008; notes that over 10,000 Rangers fans travelled to Florence for its semi-final victory over Fiorentina, where the local authority organised fan zones and a large screen to show the match, with Rangers fans being congratulated on their excellent behaviour; recognises that over 100,000 Rangers fans intend to travel to Manchester to enjoy and experience the UEFA Cup Final atmosphere, with only 13,000 tickets allocated to Rangers fans; welcomes Manchester City Council’s decision to establish fan zones in the city but is disappointed that there are no plans to set up large screens to show the match in the fan zones and hopes that, in the interests of fans, Manchester City Council will set up large screens to show the match, and wishes Rangers FC success in the UEFA Cup Final.

Supported by: John Lamont, John Park, George Foulkes, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Bill Butler, Keith Brown, Jamie McGrigor, Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Brian Adam, Bashir Ahmad, Cathie Craigie, Frank McAveety, Liam McArthur, Jack McConnell

Then there are the politicians down in Westminster. Those upstanding members of parliament peddling ‘petty politics’ when they should be running the country!

A Scottish club being congratulated on winning the League One title!

A Scottish club being congratulated on winning the Scottish Cup Final 

A Scottish club being congratulated on reaching a European Cup Final with the manager touted for a place on the honours list

A Scottish club being congratulated on reaching a European Cup Final

Another club being congratulated on winning the Scottish Cup Final

Those involved in the 2007 UEFA Cup at Hampden being congratulated

It seems with all that overwhelming evidence of politicians congratulating sports teams, that the only folk playing petty politics is UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate Caroline Santos, her cronies and those Rangers supporters angry at the European Commission’s decision to dismiss their allegations against GCC and Celtic FC.

How dare our Sports team be congratulated, by those elected to represent us, for winning a game or reaching a cup final! Some folk would do anything to win votes and try to discredit opponents.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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