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Dean Brett

PostedFebruary 22, 2017

Following complaints from two organisations concerned with equality issues, the SFA investigated Dean Brett’s Twitter account re alleged offensive Tweets. This resulted in the matter being brought before an SFA Disciplinary Tribunal. We can now confirm the final Determination has now been received and accepted from that Tribunal. Following a hearing at Hampden Park, the Tribunal found that between 23 May 2016 and 5 November 2016 Dean made comments upon a social networking site, namely Twitter, that were of a discriminatory, and offensive nature, based upon sexual orientation as well as comments that were otherwise of an offensive nature.

Thus Dean Brett was in breach of Disciplinary Rule 73 of the SFA’s Disciplinary Rules. The outcome now is that an 8 match suspension will apply as follows – 4 matches immediate. Thereafter four matches suspended for 12 months and to only take effect in the event that:

1. Dean commits a further breach of Disciplinary Rule 73 before 16 January 2018; and/or

2. The Tweets agreed by the parties at the hearing of 16 January 2017 as having breached Disciplinary Rule 73 are not removed by Dean Brett from his Twitter account by 5pm on 17 January 2017; and/or

3. Dean fails to produce evidence, before 16 January 2018, to the Judicial Panel Secretary, that he attended training upon a) the use of social media and b) Equality issues.

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