SFA given green light for decision-making reform
Fri 5th Nov 2010 | Football Governance
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has been given the green light to push ahead with reforms to make the organisation's decision-making more transparent and speedy.
In an interview with the Scottish FA's website, Regan said: "We had a board meeting today and it would have been remiss of us not to discuss the events of the past few weeks.
"I submitted a proposal to allow me to address a series of issues that have arisen and have been given the go-ahead to proceed with it.
"Suffice to say I will be seeking to ensure a greater urgency, transparency and openness in all future decision-making.
"The association has to embrace an era of instant information and I hope to produce a suite of measures to re-establish faith in our systems."
Regan will study other governing bodies around the world for ideas to improve "efficiency, transparency and accountability".
"I want us to be an example of good governance," he added.
"Bluntly, I do not want to find us in the same situation again over issues we have the ability to control."
McDonald was warned for submitting an inaccurate match report and giving his supervisor a false account of how he arrived at his decision.
But Regan felt the punishment should not have been handed out by a committee featuring six former referees.
"Where I think there is an issue is whether a referee committee consisting largely of former referees was the correct avenue for a disciplinary case against a current referee," he said.
"This is something I hope will be a catalyst for positive change in the processes and efficiency across the spectrum of the association's responsibilities.
"This is not an implied criticism but rather an acknowledgement that we have to change to manage the demands of the modern game."
McDonald has faced calls for his resignation, added to this week by Gary Hooper, the Celtic player at the centre of his decision, but Regan will focus on the wider issues.
"Dougie now has to show strength of character to recover from a very public aberration but, in a wider context, the Scottish FA has to acknowledge that the process was flawed," Regan said.
"Referees will be written to and reminded of their responsibilities in managing the game and providing accurate information at all times on and off the pitch.
"We cannot have football without referees but we must also be able to trust them and rely on them for honesty at all times."
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