A British diplomat dismissed the Scottish football team as "provincials" who were out of their depth at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, it has emerged.
The comments were made in a dispatch from Hugh Carless, the British charge d'affaires in Buenos Aires at the time.
The papers have been released by the government under the 30-years rule.
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Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said the time was right to look at whether the correct events were protected.
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