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Complainant Name:
Mr Gordon Strachan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Gordon Strachan, Manager of Celtic Football Club, complained through Harper Macleod Solicitors of Glasgow that an article on his relationship with referees in Scotland contained inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following wording and attached it to its archives: ‘In an article of 20 September 2005 we stated that referees were “irked” by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan’s “vehement defence” of Neil Lennon following his red card after the Rangers v Celtic match on 20 August and were left “baffled, bemused and deeply concerned by his motives” following comments after the match against Hibernian on 18 September. It was also suggested that Mr Strachan had implied that Alan Thompson should not have been sent off in the earlier match. We would like to make clear that the information about the referees was provided by retired Grade One referee Willie Young, a Sportsmail columnist, and that Mr Strachan has received no complaints or comments from referees or the Scottish Football Association regarding his comments or conduct following either of these matches. We regret any misunderstanding on this point. We also make clear that Mr Strachan denies having vehemently defended Neil Lennon or having suggested that Alan Thompson should not have been sent off, maintaining that his motivation in speaking after the match against Hibernian was simply to comment on the application of the Laws of the game during that match’.

Report: 73



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