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Tory MP to give up officiating midweek football ties

Douglas Ross says he will also miss the World Cup to concentrate on political matters.

Douglas Ross: The MP has officiated a number of high-profile matches.
Douglas Ross: The MP has officiated a number of high-profile matches. UK Parliament and PA

A Scottish Conservative MP who missed a parliamentary vote to be an assistant referee at a Champions League football match will give up midweek games when Westminster is in session.

Douglas Ross, who represents Moray in the Commons, recently skipped a vote regarding the expansion of universal credit to run the line in the Nou Camp as Spanish giants Barcelona went up against Olympiakos.

His absence was widely criticised by opposition politicians and one SNP MP even flashed a red card during the debate to show his disapproval.

The Moray MP's decision means his dream to officiate at next year's World Cup in Russia is over.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1400112-tory-mp-to-miss-benefits-debate-for-linesman-duties/ | default

In a statement to Inside Moray, Ross said: "This week I have taken the decision to inform the football authorities that I will no longer be able to accept any appointments when parliament is sitting.

"The consequence of this decision means that I can no longer do the majority of international matches and my hopes of representing Scotland, and most importantly for me, Moray, at a World Cup, now end."

He added: "While my dream of officiating at the biggest football tournament in the world is now over, I hope I've shown current and future referees from our area that there are amazing opportunities out there.

"My sole focus now will be representing the constituency of Moray - a job I love for an area I love even more."

https://stv.tv/sport/football/1397769-no-formal-sfa-action-over-douglas-ross-gypsy-comments/ | default

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