Alcohol Ban for Scotland Team

One drunken night in April involving two Scottish football players has resulted in an alcohol ban for the entire Scotland football team.

Thirty one year old Barry Ferguson was born in Hamilton in South Lanarkshire and he currently plays for Birmingham City Football Club having just recently moved from Glasgow Rangers.  Allan McGregor was born in Edinburgh twenty seven years ago and currently plays for the Glasgow Rangers.

On the 28th March 2009 Scotland were beaten by the Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier.  The pair was on the bench but did not play during the match and their team lost three goals to nil.  After their team’s defeat the pair went on to participate in an excessive drinking session at the Cameron House hotel where the team were staying. 

Following their unacceptable actions, the pair were again on the bench during their team’s match with Iceland held at Hampden Park when they were photographed making rude gestures.  The Scotland manager, George Burley confirmed that the team was left with no option but for Barry, the team captain, and Allan to be suspended from playing for two weeks unpaid following their inappropriate behaviour.

The Scottish Football Association then confirmed that Barry and Allan were subsequently banned from representing their own country’s football team for life.  The Scottish players both apologised for their behaviour and confirmed that they were not happy with the decision to exclude them from further involvement with their home team.

Before the country’s World Cup qualifier match with Norway at a conference held at Cameron House, the team were informed of a new ruling regarding alcohol.  In order not to embarrass their country or bring any further shame to their club, the team players were informed that alcohol had been forbidden completely. 

Mr Burley commented that the type of behaviour following the drinking session by Barry and Allan was unacceptable and they will take every step possible to ensure that it does not happen again, even if that includes installing cameras into the rooms within the hotels