Football chief to fight `bigot' claim

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CRAIG BROWN, the manager of the Scotland football team, was yesterday at the centre of allegations of religious bigotry which, if proved, could threaten his international career.

The row over alleged tape-recordings of anti-Catholic songs comes amid a Scottish FA initiative to stamp out sectarianism in soccer. But Brown, a former player with Glasgow Rangers, denied the allegations, which appeared in the News of the World newspaper, and said he intended to consult solicitors over the claims.

"I have already taken legal advice and will have a full consultation at the beginning of the week with a view to issuing legal proceedings against the News of the World for defamation," he said in a statement. "I am not and never have been a bigot, as friends and colleagues of all persuasions will be able to confirm."