Monday, March 1, 1999 Published at 18:53 GMT
SFA boss suspended
Jim Farry has survived several demands for him to resign
The Scottish Football Association has suspended its Chief Executive, Jim Farry, in a row over the transfer of a Celtic player three years ago.
He and Celtic Managing Director Fergus McCann are in dispute over Jorge Cadete's move to Parkhead three years ago.
A statement read by SFA Vice-President John McBeth said: "The Scottish Football Association advises that the arbitration raised by Celtic against the SFA has been settled by the parties prior to completion of the arbitration.
"The SFA also advises that its chief executive Jim Farry has been suspended on full pay.
"Due to the legal nature of this matter, the SFA will not make further comment presently."
The BBC's sports reporter Roddy Forsyth said: "The notion that a player was held out of a game against Rangers that Celtic ultimately lost is rather explosive."
Mr Farry was adamant he would carry on working at the association's Park Gardens headquarters even if the inquiry, headed by John Murray QC, went against him.
"I have absolutely no intention to resign. To say that is mischief making," he told the Daily Mail.
Mr Farry has courted controversy during his career at the SFA helm and has survived several calls for his resignation.
One of his most troubled passages involved the decision to sanction the playing of a Scotland World Cup qualifying match on the day of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
He said: "I have received notification from my employer that the SFA may require to carry out an additional investigation of certain issues arising from the dispute between Celtic and the SFA.
"I indicated I would be pleased to co-operate with any such additional investigation which will be the third review since the player was registered for Celtic on March 30 1996.
"It is normal, I understand - although it is a first for me - that when an employer notifies you of a suspension pending the outcome of a proposed investigation, it is nice to comply."