Video: Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou's full response to SFWA controversy

By David Walton

May 10, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has stated that the controversy surrounding the SFWA awards dinner on Sunday night should be used as a teaching moment to be better.

The outcry led to the SFWA having to apologise for the incident which involved an after-dinner speaker allegedly making racist, sexist, and homophobic comments [Sky Sports]. It led to figures such as Sky host Eilidh Barbour saying she had “never felt so unwelcome” in the industry.

And now Ange has been speaking in an interview with Sky Sports about the incident. As he addressed the events, you can see the full video for yourself below:

Ange hits the nail on the head. These things can’t just be dismissed or forgotten about. They aren’t issues that should be covered and just chalked up to a bad day.

In doing so, you run the risk of failing to self-improve. If there is no spotlight on it, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to learn from it in the future.

Without knowing the full comments from the after-dinner speaker in question, it’s clear it’s caused widespread offence.

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou stays diplomatic as he addresses SFWA

It’s a classy way of approaching the issue from the Celtic manager. He states that the organiser came out and apologised and believes that it wasn’t done with any harmful intent. But it should be a big lesson learned for the future.

What’s galling when it comes to incidents like this is that certain individuals still don’t understand what’s acceptable and what’s not. Going by the allegations, comments of that nature simply isn’t on and hasn’t been for a long time. This isn’t and shouldn’t be news to anyone.

When there are professional journalists feeling uncomfortable enough that they believe they need to walk out, that says all you need to know.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ange, of course, won the Manager of the Year award at the SFWA ceremony on Sunday. It’s a delicate situation to discuss for the Celtic boss and not something he will have expected to have been talking about either.

It shows how far we still have to go as a society in Scotland to weed this kind of stuff out. Racist, homophobic, and sexist language shouldn’t be present anywhere nevermind in a workplace or professional environment.

Hopefully, it’s a big lesson learned for the SFWA.

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