'It is a huge day for Scottish football' - clubs in Scotland back SFA reforms

Ideas including plans for greater protection of referees have been supported by the 93 member clubs after they were detailed by chief executive Stewart Regan
Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan's plans for a radical overhaul of the governing body have been unanimously backed by SFA member clubs.

All 93 clubs voted in favour of Regan’s plans which include changes to the board and committee structures and the introduction of a judicial panel to speed up disciplinary procedures.

The members also voted for plans to give greater assistance to referees, allowing the judicial panel to sanction public comments about referees and harassment of match officials.

"These are the most significant changes in the 138-year history of the Scottish FA,” Regan said.

“I was pleasantly surprised that it was unanimous. Going into an AGM you are never quite sure how things will go.

“We put the groundwork in, covering the miles across Scotland trying to explain the benefits of what we're doing.”

Campbell Ogilvie's was also confirmed as president, whilst Alan McRae was voted first vice-president and Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie second vice-president.

"I'm really proud, I'm proud for my staff, the board and the members that they have had the guts to make the change,” Regan added.

"It really is a huge day for Scottish football."