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. Who gives a monkeys aboot the champions league.


    Young Paddybhoy junior make his debut in the highland league tonight.



    Buckie thistle( green and White hoops white shorts white socks) 5


    Keith. 2



    Great result and I’m sure he will keep his place on Sat away to Inverurie Locos


    As he was brought in after two heavy defeats


    Well done young PB


    HH PB senior

  2. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I feel sorry for the Edinburgh Hibernians.



    They are about to be portrayed as villians of the peace,a barrier on the way to restoring natural order and subject to all sorts of SMSM abuse and ‘honest mistakes’.



    All the better a Celtic man is in charge. None will care.

  3. So Chris Graham is potentially in trouble for messing with lunatics? Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. His board appointment was farcical but the media coverage given to his opinion was genuinley worrying. When guys like him are representative of the most dignified, respectable, established club in the land then the game is up. I suppose CQN and all it’s contributors are in his littles black book of enemies.

  4. tictaewin



    22:01 on 11 March, 2015Bayern result at this level awesome.Probably ignored and played down by the British press as usual.Some team over the last 5 years or so.



    to be honest mate,when you see guys totally out their depth ,like Collum wasting games at that level,it’s a joke HH

  5. paddybhoy1888



    22:04 on 11 March, 2015



    Congrats to young M, hopefully one of many games to come.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  6. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar / Neil Lennon.. Ipox belongs to the creditors on


  7. the long wait is over on

    Brilliant from Silva.



    He has his moments but think he’s a terrific wee player. What character.

  8. Almore



    What game is it mate and have you got a ticket?






    Can he play 5s? :-)

  9. The PSG players are due a quarter of a million each if they beat Chelsea tonight



    Kinda hope Chelsea score now

  10. !!bada bing!!


    Quite right.


    Refs fekked up both games tonight.


    Would”t believe it.


    Oops PSG scored. Dancer !

  11. PSG’s second goal reminded me so much of Billy McNeill’s last gasp winner against Vojvodina in 1967.



    Big Billy’s header came from a corner from the right rather than the left, but the positioning and execution was exactly the same.

  12. the long wait is over on

    What amazes me , or really doesn’t I suppose , is the staggering lack of due diligence carried out by Thems in appointing Chris Graham to the board.



    Given how quickly this has come out it seems unlikely that it couldn’t have been uncovered before his appointment with very little effort.



    Looks like their unique combination of hubris and amateurism continues.

  13. Winning Captains, thanks very much



    Hail Hail and







  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    He sang the sash one day and got a kicking fae the Leeds Celtic bhoys. Sligo ex pats called Delaney. ;))

  15. millerston tim on

    Lets go out on sunday and put these arabs and sfa clowns to the sword.lets beat them fair and square then i might ask to do my community service at ipox to help them out with there repairs.let them save there money so the glib can give the newco players more win bonuses

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