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Furious SFA set to sue McBride.

THE Scottish Football Association are planning to take legal action against Paul McBride QC over "unjustified and inflammatory remarks" he made in an interview with BBC Scotland.

McBride, who has represented Celtic boss Neil Lennon in front of the SFA, accused the governing body of bias towards Rangers.

His comments came Gers' trio Ally McCoist, Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf had all escaped bans following last month's explosive Old Firm Scottish Cup clash at Parkhead. McCoist successfully appealed against a two-match ban after being charged with misconduct for clashing with Lennon - who was given a four-match suspension - after the game on March 2. Bougherra and Diouf escaped with fines and a warning about their future conduct after facing the SFA's disciplinary committee to answer a case of "misconduct of a significantly serious nature".

That outcome saw McBride launch a scathing attack on the game's governing body north of the border.

The SFA said they were "shocked and angry" at the coverage of the interview.

Their statement read: "Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan would like to make the following points: "We note Paul McBride does not act on behalf of or as a spokesman for Celtic, their manager or anyone associated with the club.

"In making his unjustified and inflammatory remarks, Paul McBride appears to be acting as a selfpublicist and not as a Queen's Counsel.

"Paul McBride's wild and inaccurate statements are defamatory and appear to be malicious."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2011
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