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As I say, I’ve been busy and just catching up with the news. I saw that the Celtic game on Saturday had six goals.

I naturally thought there must have been a controversial decision or two there. Maybe there should have been a penalty that wasn’t awarded? Perhaps someone was sent off unfairly? Surely at least one of the goals must have been offside?

I scanned the sports pages. Not one single complaint from Neil Lennon!

Perhaps the referees have suddenly dropped their collective bias against Celtic. This is surely the only reason that they have won the league?

Reffin’ Hell!

It’s as if the role of a ref in matches involving the Old Firm isn’t difficult enough already. Now they are to monitor sectarian singing from the crowd during the match and report on that too.

Fans of all clubs think that referees already have it in for them.

Last season relations between the clubs (and one club in particular) and refs broke down so badly that they (the refs) went on strike.

I can only conclude that Scottish football’s administrators are completely insane.

Meanwhile as another, admittedly idiotic, fan is found guilty of ‘sectarian hatred’ on the internet, one wonders if a sense of proportion is being lost amidst the desire to eradicate this aspect of the game in Scotland.

Are there enough prisons for people who insult others on the internet?

Alternative Solution?

I see that the inevitable has happened and Dougie McDonald has resigned as a referee after admitting to being economical with the truth in dealings with Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

On the resignation of Hugh Dallas over forwarding THAT email, I do wonder why they didn’t just move him to another office and pretend nothing had happened?

Bore of the Year (Part 1888)

One wonders if Celtic, or Neil Lennon have in fact ever benefited in a match from a wrong decision by Dougie MacDonald, or indeed any ref, or the intervention of or consultation with an assistant. Perish the thought that there would be any professional who would claim a foul had been committed where there was none, to get a fellow pro sent off.

The Old Firm BOTH get more of the decisions than other teams because of the lumpen baying mobs that howl in anguish at every nuance against them – real or perceived.

Fans of other clubs and neutrals know this and that is why the Celtic crusade is gathering no support from outwith their own ranks.

Was the now famous incident a penalty? No it wasn’t. Did Celtic win the game? Yes they did.

So McDonald gave a wrong decision, realised immediately and changed it and like most folk at their work tried to cover up his mistake with an explanation that was economical with the truth.

So he should resign?

Scottish Referees – New Shock!

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Aw Ref!

At the cutting edge of events as always.

Thanks Bobby.

The Umpire Strikes Back

I very rarely watch fitba on the TV but yesterday went to my pall Stevie’s house (he has Sky Sports) to watch the much hyped in advance Old Firm game. Most of the pre match hype had been concerning the suggestion from a “source” inside Celtic Park that there was a vendetta against Celtic by referees. Perhaps the ordering off of Celtic’s Scott Brown could lend some credence to that argument. However Brown breenged with his head towards Rangers Kyle Lafferty. Lafferty, who is surely one of the worst players ever to pull on a Rangers shirt ( A complete disgrace on and off the park) responded in the way he has done before in such situations – by falling to the ground in a completely unconvincing crumpling movement. The ref missed Lafferty’s part in the drama and he stayed on the park. The ref, as if to balance things out, also missed two penalty claims by the home side within a second of each other.

The radio phone ins went into meltdown after the game which saw Rangers win 1-0 with a last gasp goal. To their credit several Celtic fans agreed with manager Tony Mowbray’s pre match assertion that claims of refereeing bias were nonsense. However several were in denial that Celtic simply weren’t good enough to win the game and blamed conspiratorial forces of working against them.

Sir Donald Bradman, arguably the finest cricketer of the twentieth century was once asked about umpires thus:

“Sir Donald, in your experience, are complaints about umpiring usually made by the losing team?”

“No.”

“Really?”

“Yes. In my experience, complaints about umpiring are always made by the losing team.”

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