Foreign refs and pointless volleys at the BBC


Calls for foreign referees are not new in the Scottish game, but refs have successfully resisted the idea.  It is in their economic interests to have only Scottish referees take charge of Scottish games, and, most of all, they want control of the country’s biggest games.  The argument has been that if a referee works his way through the system for years, he should not be denied the opportunity to take control of the biggest games in the land.

The SFA have been sympathetic to this argument for decades but are now confronted by the country’s major clubs telling them standards are not good enough to support the game at the level it is being played at in Scotland.  A window of unanimity opened when the rent-a-statements across the city were twice hit by extended bans in a week, making it difficult for them to avoid the follow on question, “If things are not good enough, why not ask for change?”

Behind this issue lies a longstanding desire for Scottish Premiership clubs to see the SFA focus more on administering youth and amateur football, and the international team, leaving the professional game to the SPFL, where appropriate performance standards across a range of issues can be set.

Those who want a fair and open game have nothing to fear from foreign referees.  Arguments against this proposal amount to little more than an expression of self-interest.  I suggest we move quickly before some realise that decades old affinities are at risk.

I see Newco are reinforcing their 8 point deficit bunker with volleys at the BBC.  It is comforting to preach to the choir but it is also pointless.  The BBC is a broadcasting mammoth.  It employs over 20,000 staff and churns out an enormous volume of material.  Its power bases are geographically, culturally, politically and ethnically diverse.  Try conspiring in an organisation with 20 people and you’ll see why.

It will get things wrong.  It will employ people whose views you do not like and its protocols will infuriate you – after all, they must search for hours trying to find some loon to ‘balance’ all the sense coming from a prevailing opinion (a personal gripe).  But in the history of broadcasting and media, no organisation has been subject to as vigorous and accessible oversight. It is not intellectually honest to suggest otherwise.

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  1. I’m on the main square, the Irish Pub Finnegans is pretty lively and plenty tims on the terraces around the square.


    No problem so far here, hardly a copy in sight, but we already heard some reports from elsewhere in the city.


    Loads of guys bought tickets in the section next to the away end, possibly with Irish passports but I can’t confirm that 100%, tomorrow night at the stadium could be lively if guys who were sold tickets from the ticket office don’t get access to the stadium.

  2. Kolncelt.


    St Patrick’s appears to be one of the hot spots.


    It look like the police didn’t like the singing.


    Hail Hail

  3. I hate to burst anybody’s bubble here but to the Spanish, quite reasonably so, Celtic are a British Club, not an Irish Club.


    Scotland is part of the U.K. and believe it or not Ireland isn’t. Maybe that is why they are willing to sell to Irish passport holders. So maybe the Spanish don’t adhere to “ If you know your history.”

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on







    Anti British racism would appear to be at play .


    Both at the Valencia Club and on the part of the local constabulary.

  5. Looks like Muir is at it already. Killie denied a stone wall penalty and a couple of minutes later Huns go i up.

  6. AuroraBorealis79 on

    There were reports last week that Valencia had taken offence at Celtic fans plans to unfurl a Tifo within their stadium.



    I think it some historical reference. I can’t remember exactly what it was though.

  7. AuroraBorealis79 on

    Found it



    Valencia have complaint against Celtic rejected by UEFA ahead of Europa League final 32 clash



    Valencia have had an official complaint against Celtic rejected by UEFA.



    The Spanish side had complained about a ‘deformed’ image of the bat on the club’s crest being used on a tifo, which is to be seen at Celtic Park during tonights Europa League game.



    The tifo, a large fan display usually held prior to kick-off, did not incite violence, according to UEFA, who shot down the claim from the La Liga side.



    That is according to Super Deporte, who claim that Valencia were unhappy that the bat on their crest had been altered ‘without adjusting to reality’.



    Celtic face Valencia in the Europa League Round of 32 tonight, having progressed from their group in second place behind RB Salzburg.



    Valencia meanwhile have dropped down from the Champions League, having finished third in their group behind Manchester United and Juventus.



    The post Valencia have Celtic complaint rejected appeared first on Read Celtic.

  8. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on 20th February 2019 7:52 pm






    Got a ticket arguing with the Valencians, Celtic were infact not a British club rather a club from the island of Britain.

  9. When I said to a Sevconian that his club had banned the bbc , he replied:



    `we have not banned them we told them they could come to Ibrox provided they interview players and managers as they do with every other club,they are the ones who have refused to do that…`


    Does he have a case?




  10. The tifo last week was as shoite as our defending for the first goal…..andvas slow at covering its area!!



    Why offend our foreign visitors? (Unless they’re Ajax or Hamburg!!)



    HH jg

  11. onenightinlisbon on

    Even the rat Mccann said that Killie should have had a penalty and the goalkeeper should not have been sent off…

  12. onenightinlisbon on

    Tifo last week was unnecessary, unfunny and disrespectful but hey it’s the Green Brigade, they can do anything….

  13. It is a uefa rule that fans from the away teams country cannot buy tickets at the ground


    I had the same problem in Barcelona a few years ago – the guy at the ticket office told me to go to the bank and buy them at the ATM


    We did – got 4 great seats

  14. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Where is the Huns game one – tried Pog’s swasage, but it’s went off

  15. ‘Rankers have got away with a couple already,a cert pen for Killie,and never a red card for the GK…’


    Neil McCann

  16. Ffs Kilmasonic goalkeeper has been sent aff.


    What did he do shoot someone, McGregor the Rat assaulted his fellow professionals on about 5 occasions before getting a red retrospectively.



    D. :)

  17. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Tifo last week was unnecessary, unfunny and disrespectful but hey it’s the Green Brigade, they can do anything….






    Grateful to see that someone agrees.

  18. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    Well, that’s that.



    Killie denied a nailed-on penalty; huns score, Killie keeper gets straight red card for feck all.



    Normal service resumed.




  19. onenightinlisbon on




    Just disappointed me, not sure if they were just trying to be funny but didn’t work.

  20. Radio Shortbread “really good penalty shout for Kilmarnock turned down”


    “The Kilmarnock red card will be much talked about”

  21. HOT SMOKED on 20TH FEBRUARY 2019 8:10 PM


    It’s all to do with Chris McLaughlin who Sevco refuse to have anything to do with after he called them out on sectarian singing.


    BBC backed their man and boycotted Ibrox.


    As a way to ending the dispute, BBC offered to cover games etc, again but would not interview players etc, as C.McL would normally do that, Sevco twisted it, into BBC want to treat us differently.


    Hail Hail


    P.S. When Gordon Smith says Killie should have had a pen and Rat McCann says Keeper shouldn’t have been sent off, then I don’t think I need to look at the evidence.

  22. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SIN CITY BHOY on 20TH FEBRUARY 2019 8:10 PM


    It would be relevant to ask which branch, and/or division of the Spanish Police is lethering our fans.






    The National Police Corps is the national civilian police force of Spain. The CNP is mainly responsible for policing urban areas, whilst countryside policing is generally the responsibility of the Civil Guard, the Spanish gendarmerie. The CNP operates under the authority of Spain’s Ministry of the Interior.

  23. The meeja brouhaha….is one thing…….but the cheatin’ still lets the huns win or get the points or whatever…….



    that’s the point (s)……….thuv goat tae win summit this year and keep second.

  24. the long wait is over on

    Alan Muir is one of the prime examples of why foreign referees might be worth considering.



    If you’re a rangers fan (and from what I understand , both he and his father , both referees and frequenters of Garrowhill Bowling Club , are ) then should you really be refereeing Rangers games..?