Shinty slur graffiti under investigation

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Disgusted shinty club bosses are urging people to grass up vandals after a graffiti attack at Oban’s Mossfield stadium.

Sloss Out! was discovered scrawled on the outside of a single-storey changing room wall and reported to police at 1pm on Saturday.

The vandalism at the clubhouse was discovered on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 1pm.

The wording appeared in bold capital lettering  in red and black Oban Camanachd colours ending with an exclamation mark. Stephen Sloss is the manager of the club’s first team.

The night before, November 29, the shinty club had celebrated its end of season prize-giving at its 130th year dinner dance at  the Royal Hotel.

By Monday morning, the graffiti had been cleaned off and police confirmed they were investigating it.

An Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: ‘Graffiti of this kind is shameful. Removing it uses already stretched resources that would be better spent on other much needed services.’

A statement from Oban Camanachd committee read: ‘As a club we are disgusted and extremely disappointed to hear of the vandalism which occurred at Mossfield Park at the weekend. Not only is this a direct and personal attack on the club, its coaches, players, members and
supporters, it is defacing a valuable public asset to Oban and the game of shinty.’

The club is urging anyone with information to go to the police.

The statement added: ‘Oban Camanachd Club is a very open, proud, successful, inclusive and diverse club, run entirely by volunteers and has been for 130 years. The club is currently fielding four very successful teams at all levels of the game, with many committed and dedicated people giving up their time and effort to ensure the club succeeds at every level both on and off the park.

‘We greatly value the service, time and effort of every member of our club and we stand together against any form of abuse directed at anybody associated with the club.’