RANGERS chairman King has called for Hampden bosses to suspend SFA non-executive director Gary Hughes for comments he allegedly made about Ibrox fans.

Hughes, part of the eight-strong SFA board, appeared to brand the Govan club’s supporters “the great unwashed” in a magazine interview he gave in 2006.

Asked to explain what he loved about Glasgow pubs, he is reported to have told  ‘The Publican’ magazine: “Glaswegians are passionate about sport – actually, I mean fitba’!

“The next best thing to being at Celtic Park (only the great unwashed venture South to Ibrox) is watching the game, pint of Tennents in hand along with some like-minded souls.”

The SFA confirmed they would be looking into Hughes’ alleged comments, but there will be no immediate action with president Alan McRae in Kiev for tomorrow night’s Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

In a statement King said: “Mr Hughes should be suspended pending the investigation.

“I also believe steps must be taken to ascertain whether any other SFA individuals were aware of what Mr Hughes said about Rangers supporters before he was appointed a non-executive director of the governing body in 2015.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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