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.

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  1. GIRUY Muorinho and John Terry !!!



    PSG win on away goals with 10 men. EPL Champs elect out of Champions League –



    how sad, what a shame, never mind !!

  2. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    the long wait is over


    22:12 on


    11 March, 2015



    “Looks like their unique combination of hubris and amateurism continues.”






    It’s great intit? It’s like a new series of Breaking Bad…. except with more drugs

  3. Nothing will be done about Hun Graham.


    He is a perfect fit for the bigots.


    Glib and shameless following a well practiced business strategy.


    If all else fails play the bigot card.


    And the lackeys in the msm will facilitate this.

  4. the long wait is over



    22:12 on 11 March, 2015




    Unless it was done by design?



    If Graham is removed from the board it would surely put to an end any possibility of fan representation on the board.

  5. to do that, for anyone, for us at celtic – you name it.


    If we had gone there and did what Paris did.


    It would become folklore.



  6. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Penny eventually dropping for Carragher – his employers are killing the game.

  7. I was sure that they would score. One goal does it! Happy for the kibosh on Jose’s approach to Fitba! Well deserved EXIT.




  8. HT


    Balance of probabilities might suggest it was done by design


    sanctioned at the highest



  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    Both HT & BMCUW have my mobile number. Will meet you in Glasgow City Centre pre match with Petec.

  10. GIRUY Jose – PSG @8/1 – check!



    B.Munich -3 @3/1 – check!



    Pity about the Hibees -1 double with BM.



    WITS horsey tips win put to good use. :-)

  11. antipodean red on

    the long wait is over,



    As Hamilton Tim has alluded to, I don’t think this has happened by accident. A few scores being settled internally methinks.



    All the same, the entertainment levels are stunningly satisfying in their incredulity.




  12. Marrakesh Express on

    Carragher calling it. ‘we are miles away’. The ‘greed is good’ league gets shown up again.

  13. A Carlsberg week.Huns draw,Hibees win,and London Huns get gubbed out of the CL.


    Huns put Chris Graham onto their board.


    The Mighty Hoops lifting the cup on Sunday just to round it off.


    Oh yes.

  14. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    So when we refer to Chelsea as the London huns are we referring to religion ……… Naw didn’t think so.

  15. Fair comment from Souness regarding Chelsea’s cheating but it’s a bit rich coming from a guy who had no hesitation in frequently endangering fellow professional’s careers with dangerous tackles.

  16. “Cowardly bully”



    “A cheat”






    “Disrespectful egotist”









    Just a few of the descriptions of Mourinho from the RTE pundtis



    laughed out loud at “Evil” tho




  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    My old school changed it’s name tonight and is now St John Ogilvie high school


    Had a mass in the school to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his hanging at Glasgow x


    Great to see pupils and staff old and new



    Who needs the football




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