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. SFTB



    I think it was Paul McConville that Graham refused to share programme with.



    Intellectual coward.

  2. Difficult to get too enthusiastic about one financially doped team knocking out another financially doped team, but since one team is managed by Mourinho go PSG.

  3. HT,



    Nothing going right for the huns…



    Work on Monday… Cowdenbeath :)



    Tuesday …Bob the builder :)



    Wednesday… Queen of the South…where were the other fifteen thousand :)



    Thursday… Chris Graham/ chelski :)



    Friday… Open for suggestions…

  4. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    PSG deserved their win, were by far the better team and with only 10 men for most of that game.


    Costa is a total heidbanger. The ref must have some Scottish genes as he was woeful.

  5. the long wait is over on




    Yep. Reckon there’s a few more chuckles to be had yet.







    Possibly but if it were a set up you’d think they’d have left a decent period of time , not a mere ( laughing out loud here) TWENTY FOUR HOURS…

  6. gearoid1998



    21:01 on 11 March, 2015




    HH fella. Quite correct about upward Fenian mobility in the North of Ireland through educational achievement. Largely forced on Catholics due to apprenticeships and trades particularly in the manufacturing sector being closed shops.


    Coming home to roost big time now. Young protestant WC boys in particular knew that the doors to Mackies/Shipyard/Aircraft apprenticeships ever open so didn’t put emphasis on education that they should have. Underachievement in this demographic has been the subject of a number of studies recently particular by Dawn Purvis. Problem now that manufacturing sector has collapsed unemployment now endemic for young WC protestant males. Hence over representation in fleg protests, marching riots et al.


    Fenian focus on qualifications now means over represented in Uni intake and amongst younger members of professions. Complete turn around from 60 ‘.


    Mother’s words “an education is never lost it always travels with you” prophetic.








    My work brings me into contact with medical profession. And lots of great medics bearing great Gaelic names. Meanwhile, as you say, the Brits still rule the old dead and dying industries.



    The rise of the disenfranchised unionist community brings its own challenges as you’ll know better than me.



    Just in from London. Jose lost? Good. Will never forgive him for Seville.



    Night Timdom.



    HH JamesGang

  7. I think its a bit unfair on the majority of Chelsea Fans .being compared to Rangers Fans.how many Chelsea fans are Sevco fans.not many I think.

  8. Hopefully Barca & Monaco finish the job next week and the greatest league in the world (despite what the smsm say) will have no team in the quarters of the CL.

  9. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    Excerpt from The Salman Rushdie Diaries:



    Sunday – stayed in


    Monday – stayed in


    Tuesday – stayed in


    Wednesday – stayed in


    Thursday – night out with Chris Graham, should have stayed in.

  10. BCW I’m over for the league match on 21st so it shouldn’t be a problem



    HT Petec is organising a ticket, I hope! If you have his or Delaneys Donkey’s email, can you forward it to me please? I have some Trócaire (SCIAF) attire if you are interested.



    DD Brilliant. Will be in touch as soon as I have contact info.



    Just realised PSG won. Breá (braw)

  11. timbhoy2


    22:33 on


    11 March, 2015


    I think its a bit unfair on the majority of Chelsea Fans .being compared to Rangers Fans.how many Chelsea fans are Sevco fans.not many I think.



    You are joking ,right.Right?.

  12. CultsBhoy


    22:40 on


    11 March, 2015


    More shocking is Chris Graham is only 38… #milkandpaperrounds



    Whats the odds on him seeing 39 !!!!!!.

  13. tim malone will tell



    22:39 on 11 March, 2015Who broke the story about Graham?


    Jack Irvine ?

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    Why these name changes to our schools?


    Saint Columba of Iona was changed to Saint Peter the Apostle in Clydebank.

  15. Well done PSG


    Mrs Shuggy read out a wee ad from Coatbridge and Airdrie Advertser-


    Glenmavis Social Club, which is the Orange Hall, having celebration night on coming Sat ledby Sons of William flute band. Let me know if you want tickets!


    BTW, Bobby Jeffrey was from Glenmavis.


    He did score for us v Sevco One in Glasgow Cup at Parkheid c c 1963 and this does not appear on WikiCeltic.


    I rememember it well.


    A dreich and foggy November afternoon and a Wednesday.


    He was my hero for yonks


    Young brother just finished water colour of Phil Coles for Festival shop in Coatbridge this Sat.




    God bless Kilbowie Celt.


    Please let us know how you get on .

  16. Souness tweeted Mc Call”Well done.You were born to be a Rangers manager”


    What,he was born with that hairstyle?.

  17. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on



    22:33 on 11 March, 2015




    Having been on the wrong end of a kicking from 2 Glasgow huns along with 2 London huns (Chelsea fans supporting that mob) in Munich I would beg to differ, brave when 4 against 1.


    I have visited Munich in excess of 70 occasions and only had bother once.


    3 letters ICF

  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Just changed from plain old JOHS to


    St JOHS die the anniversary of his martyrdom

  19. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Bada Bing



    You get the impression that somebody has been saving that up for a rainy day :)))

  20. Well done to Jamie Carracher. Commented on Porto’s disgraceful conduct in Seville. No change in Mourinho’s teams in the last 12 years.

  21. Janie Carragher just nailed Mourinho for Porto’s cheating performance in Seville.



    Well said that man!

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    What’s the story with kilbowie Kelt?



    The gentleman visited me when I was stuck in the jubilee last year. It was a great gesture and one I won’t forget?