SFA error in law


The SFA have made an error in interpreting their laws.  They refuse to discipline Calum Butcher as the rules do not allow them to switch a punishment retrospectively.  This is correct, but the rules do allow retrospective action which the referee has not seen.

Craig Thomson saw the Butcher-van Dijk incident inasmuch as he was looking at the players, but didn’t see it well enough to call an infringement.  SFA rules permit retrospective action under these circumstances.

The matter becomes theoretically more complicated by the involvement of the assistant referee, Graham Chambers.  Chambers also saw the incident inasmuch as he was also looking at the players, but he didn’t have a clear understanding of what happened either.  He couldn’t even identify the Dundee United player involved.
The rules on retrospective action do not require a referee to be looking in the opposite direction before the Disciplinary Panel become involved.  A ref can see the incident but not see if sufficiently well to correctly report what happened.  This is the basis under which Nadir Ciftci has been asked to attend the Panel.

Both referees on Sunday saw the incident.  Neither saw it well enough to bear witness to the actions of the two Dundee United players involved.  SFA laws allow both to be examined retrospectively.

Aiden Connolly, at the very least, has a case to answer for diving in the box.  Should the SFA ban Virgil van Dijk while turning a blind eye to Connolly and incorrectly interpreting their own rules on Butcher, and almighty row will kick off on the competency of those who govern our game.

Delighted for Stefan Johansen, who is February’s Player of the Month.  His goal in Perth was a joy and a fitting mark to the development he has achieved this season.

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  1. Martin42


    All the best for your operation. I hope all goes well without pain after. Speedy recovery and convalescence, Sir.

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  4. ernie lynch



    19:34 on 11 March, 2015





    19:13 on 11 March, 2015



    ‘The image of Jesus is regularly mocked and defiled.’






    Is it?



    Can’t say I’ve noticed.



    The only example I can think of was the kirkup poem in gay news.



    That was in 1977 and resulted in a conviction.









    I didn’t say that. Please don’t stick that quote next to my moniker that makes it look like it’s mine.



    You’re usually punctilious in your accuracy. Hope you weren’t being naughty?



    As if!



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  5. winning captains



    21:18 on 11 March, 2015



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  8. jamesgang



    You and the Mrs. looking forward to Friday?



    Guessing with your lack of reply you are not going to BV first?



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  9. Martin42


    Best wishes for a successful op




    As for Chris Graham I guess there will be no Middle East Sheik as sugar daddy at Ibrox



    I hate having to defend him against Islamofascism



    He’s no Salman Rushdie



    Was it Chris Graham who would not share a studio with Phil Mac and called him a bigot

  10. How did Costa not see red for that second yellow there with the push?


    Ref turns his back and runs away so he cannot see, every other official just turns a blind eye.


    Geordie Munro


    21:32 on


    11 March, 2015


    Goan hibs.






    Think The Bhoy Jinky goes to see them……

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