MSP queries if SPFL exploiting children

Monday December 19th 2016

Fairtrade Footballs

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, has written to the Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association to ask if they are exploiting cheap labour, possibly including children, in the manufacture of footballs.

The MSP had a meeting with Melrose and District Fairtrade group where it was brought to her attention that footballs used by many Scottish professional football clubs are not Fairtrade Foundation certified.

Ms Grahame said:

“Whilst I’d like to see this extended across all clubs, I believe the Scottish Premier Football League clubs should be setting the example on this and I have written to the Scottish Football Association to clarify their stance on this. It would be somewhat remiss if rich SPFL clubs, paying substantial wages to players were, no matter how inadvertently, exploiting workers elsewhere through their purchasing policies.”

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