BBC pundit Michael Stewart and PFA president Fraser Wishart have had a clash over player matters.
The former Hearts and Rangers men respectively came to blows live on the BBC yesterday. PFA Scotland will conduct a number of conference calls with Scottish players next week and Stewart has provided questions for the PFA president.
Ex-Jambo Stewart wonders whether the PFA’s work was going to benefit every player or just union members. He quizzed the former Rangers player on the subject three separate times.
First of all, Wishart fired back with it being a ‘strange’ time to raise that question. Stewart decided to go again with: “Would you say to those who are not members that now is the time to join up?
“It is not a huge expense to join PFA Scotland, I am just trying to get a steer on whether you will provide services to those who are not members or just to the ones who are and can say I have paid my dues. Or are you not differentiating?”
Wishart responded: “It is a strange question at this time. It is way down the pecking order in terms of importance. We just have to get to the information to players. It is strange you have asked it twice to get to the bottom of it.
“We are providing an excellent service to players and that will continue. We will pick our way through this.” Stewart wasn’t satisfied with this at all and decided to go again with a third question on the matter.
“I don’t know if you took that the wrong way and I find it strange to say that you say it is strange that I asked those questions twice,” he said. “Are you going to look after all the players or are you going to look after the members, and trying to pass on that message to say ‘look come on board, join the union, here are the benefits of what we can do.”
Wishart replied: “What I am saying is that I’m just baffled that out of all the questions and things that are going on that you have gone back to this three times. There’s peoples jobs at stake here.”
But again that wasn’t enough for Stewart: “Sorry Fraser no, that is the point I am trying to make. I was on the management committee before so I understand these things. What are you saying to the players who are out there?
“You are laughing and you are sniggering and saying why am I asking these questions which I find quite offensive.”
To end the fiery conversation, Wishart had one final remark: “I will speak to the management committee and we will have that conversation. The e-mail goes to our members. If a non-member comes and asks for our help, we will look at it on a case by case basis. Were they in the country, did they refuse the join.
“If that gives you some clarity then I am happy to do that. I’ll buy Michael a whisky next time I see him.”
Scottish football is on an indefinite hiatus as the world fights a global health pandemic.