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. Just seen the Kilmarnock red card – if you think you’ve sevco get some dodgy decisions this season, well, this one tops the lot.

  2. the long wait is over on




    If that was a justifiable red card Morelos wouldn’t make it past the first 5


    Minutes of any game.

  3. Why is anyone surprised at the events at bigotdome?



    The cry went out loud and clear on STV and BBC news programmes…’rangers’

  4. Sorry,



    ‘rangers’ best chance of a trophy was now the Scottish Cup.



    Kilmarnock would have been as well not turning up.

  5. …….thing is, despite the zomboid hun differences we are all human, can they really feel the same sense of achievement and accomplishment when they win through bent skulduggery like this???



    Scottish polis is probably the one swinging the baton.


    I think Celtic have to open up a dialogue with overseas authorities.


    Considering Celtic fans have been mostly lauded for their support of the team by various cities the recent heavy handed approach by police and the designation of this game being high risk suggests that someone is feeding these authorities with dishonest intel.


    I suspect Scottish police are playing a part in these strange circumstances.

  7. the long wait is over on




    You’re overrating them and underestimating the enormity


    Of their sense of entitlement.

  8. the long wait is over on




    There are. Just not live.



    Full game is on Premier tv later.



    Don’t think it can be shown live as it conflicts with the champions league.




    That’ll give the ref time to get down the ludge and enjoy the the rerun with his mates.

  10. I think it can only be a good thing that other clubs can see that the fix is in now. Celtic should let them lead the charge

  11. BANKIEBHOY1 on20TH FEBRUARY 2019 8:27 PM






    Or wreckin toilets at Celtic Park !




    Refs now look likd they are rifling the piggy bank before the new owners fek them out.




  12. Jeezo, I’ve now viewed Candias lunge ( 42 min) as blatant a straight red as you will see, even Craigan saying it. No decision given.


    Unbelievable decision.


    Candias should get a retrospective red.


    Hail Hail

  13. that’s it bhoys the games a bogey ,if them bassas can get a penalty for that, there is no hope for any of us hh,

  14. Hi guys, long time lurker… I’m watching this con on a stream and we need foreign referees now!


    It was never a sending off, the mason in the black was conned. The TV company only showing the incident from a certain angle so it doesn’t look so bad, they only have 2 cameras there?


    Candais should have had a straight red for an outrageous lunge, again only shown from an angle that makes it look less violent. Not even a foul for the Ayrshire huns.


    Clark will be raging! The first thing he has to say when interviewed is we need foreign referees!


    It’s actually making me physically sick watching the bias/bigots in action

  15. the long wait is over on

    Jnp/ bada.



    Far worse tackle than even Broadfoot on SB at the weekend.



    That’s not a red and the Killie keeper walks for what he did?



    It’s an overused word but that reall is a scandal.

  16. …at the end o’ the day the huns will go thru, get the points, whatever they need – when they need it…….




    ” if rainjurz need goals thull git goals…”

  17. Mrs jg kept taking her glasses off, putting them back on, taking them off, scratching her heid when I showed the goalie’s red….



    Told her she could look whatever way she wanted, there was NOTHING to see.



    Whit’s the goalie da’en? Errrr, nothing.



    HH jg