Craig Brown has defended former boss John McBeth after the outgoing Scottish Football Association president was forced to give up a role within Fifa.
John McBeth impressed Brown at the SFA and Clyde
McBeth had his nomination withdrawn by the British associations after he claimed African and Caribbean nations were tainted by corruption and greed.
But former Scotland boss Brown said: "I don't know anyone with as much dignity.
"I was surprised by his comments Maybe they were ill-judged, but he doesn't warrant the criticism coming his way."
Brown knows 62-year-old McBeth from their time together at Clyde, with the future SFA official becoming chairman during Brown's 10 season as manager of the club.
He'd bring knowledge, presence and stature to any job in football
Former Scotland manager Craig Brown
Jack Warner, the Fifa vice-president from Trinidad and Tobago, claimed McBeth's comments were racist.
But Brown said: "There's no doubt John will be hugely upset by what has happened. Accusations of racism will hurt him."
It remains unclear whether McBeth intends to stay in football, as his run as president of the SFA also comes to an end on Friday.
"I don't know where he'll go from here," said Brown.
"He may be sickened by the entire episode. If that proves to be the case, it would be a huge loss.
"He'd bring knowledge, presence and stature to any job in football."