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Last Updated: Monday, 10 November, 2003, 16:30 GMT
'Sexist' boss could face fine
Albion Rovers manager Peter Hetherston
Peter Hetherston was angry at the decisions against Montrose
Albion Rovers manager Peter Hetherston is facing a disrepute charge after standing by his controversial comments that there is no place for female referees in men's professional football.

His suggestion that Morag Pirie should have "been at home cooking" and not running the line in his side's 1-0 defeat by Montrose is being investigated by the Scottish Football Association.

The Third Division club insist that the comments were made after the match, not to a reporter, in a light-hearted and throwaway manner and were not intended to be taken seriously.

But Hetherston told BBC Scotland that it was only the suggestion about her cooking that was meant as a joke.

And the SFA's general purposes committee has already sent a letter to Hetherston asking for him to explain his comments.

She should be at home making the tea or the dinner for her man
Albion Rovers boss Peter Hetherston
An SFA spokesperson said: "That would be referred to the general purposes committee because it's a manager commenting on a referee.

"We are aware of it and we have contacted the chairman of the committee and they are aware of the comments.

"We've got a meeting in December and what we will do is write to him to explain the comments he is alleged to have made to find out whether they are accurately attributable to him.

"When that is established then we can deal with the matter, but we would like to get his comments before the next meeting in December.

"The article involved would be bringing the game into disrepute, but we can't make comment on what further action could happen."

Hetherston had told the Sun newspaper: "I knew it wasn't going to be our day when I arrived at Links Park and found that we had a women running the line.

"She should be at home making the tea or the dinner for her man who comes in after he has been to the football.

"This is a professional man's game. I believe that she shouldn't be here.

"Crucial decisions are being made which affect players and managers. Every time the ball went forward in the first half, she had the flag raised for offside.

"That's how I feel and I think I have to speak out."

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