By Duncan Mackay

John_Scott_with_trainers_Glasgow_2014June 28 - John Scott's shock resignation as chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has sparked a political row in Scotland with Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all joining forces to claim that the SNP Government had handled the "situation very badly" with the affair even being compared to the current crisis that has engulfed FIFA, world football's governing body.

Scott stepped down from his £179,000 ($286,000) per year job yesterday after he admitted breaking rules over accepting gifts and hospitality from a potential supplier.

He called it an "error of judgement" but mystery surrounds the exact circumstances behind the reasons for his resignation. 

Labour Culture spokeswomen Patricia Ferguson claimed that the public have a right to know the full details of Scott's decision.

But Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman said it is a private limited company set up by the Government and Glasgow City Council alongside Games partners - the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

It is, she said, not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which gives taxpayers legal rights to see information from Scottish public authorities.

Ferguson said: "There must be full public disclosure immediately.

"The public have a right to know the reasons behind the resignation of the chief executive in mysterious circumstances.

"The reputation and integrity of the Games are at stake and they cannot afford to be tainted by this.

"The Scottish Government should also make clear if there is substance to media reports about a fall-out between the First Minister [Alex Salmond] and the chief executive."

Tory deputy leader Murdo Fraser said: "The chief executive's resignation at such a crucial time is a serious blow to the 2014 Games, an event we all want to succeed.

"It is clear from the growing confusion that the SNP Government has handled this situation very badly and, by being so secretive, has in fact made it worse.

"The SNP must act now to remove the stench engulfing this affair, or total chaos will ensue."

Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: "If we are going to have confidence in the running of these Games and so they don't get caught up in the scandals of Olympics past and FIFA present, the Scottish Government needs to come clean.

"With hundreds of millions of taxpayers' money being spent on these Games, it is essential that we are given a proper explanation."

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