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‘Sexist’ columnist joins rival title after 16 years

A controversial columnist at a daily newspaper who was branded “sexist” after criticising women’s football has left after 16 years to join a rival Scottish title.

Tam Cowan has left his role at the Daily Record, where he wrote news and sport columns along with restaurant reviews, to join The Scottish Sun.

He had also been a presenter of BBC Radio Scotland show Off the Ball for many years but was suspended from the show for two weeks in the autumn over a controversial column in the Record.

He wrote that Motherwell’s Fir Park stadium should have been “torched” in order to cleanse it after it hosted a women’s football match between Scotland and Bosnia which he labelled a “turgid spectacle”.

Tam later apologised for his comments admitting he had scored a “huge own goal.”

Gordon Smart, editor of The Scottish Sun, tweeted: “I’m delighted to announce Off The Ball hero Tam Cowan has joined Scottish Sun. Greetings Tam! Welcome to Scotland’s best selling newspaper.”