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. stpatricksbhoy on

    John Fagan’s cure from incurable and inoperable cancer was accepted by the Catholic Church as a miracle attributable to the intervention of Blessed John Ogilvie.I a unsure about protestant martyrs in Glasgow. Lutheran Scot Patrick Hamilton.’s execution with other Protestant preachers in 1528, and that of the George Wishart in 1546, who was burnt at the stake on the orders of Cardinal David Beaton are examples of protestant martyrs..

  2. Praecepta,


    reading back,what bet did you have on PSG


    remember bookies will pay out on 90 mins score

  3. Delaneys Dunky on




    I knew Mr Duffy and he was friends with my grandad Delaney. My family are riddled with priests, nuns and teachers. :)

  4. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Hankray, I don’t like Mourinho as a football manager but he is complimentary about us.



    He came over after the game in Seville finished and applauded the Celtic support. Let’s just say it wasn’t reciprocated.



    What I don’t like about him as a manager as he has had some terrific players playing for teams he has managed but just wants them to win by any means necessary.



    Chelsea played some great football the first few months of this season. I’m friendly with a few Chelsea fans who loathe the sticky buns. They disliked them intensley but their loathing of them has increased since the stickies blame any trouble they cause on ‘Chelsea’ fans.

  5. Carragher spot on with all his comments – and I must say Souness was ‘right on the money’ too.



    Because Sky have the EPL rights they always take the sycophantic view of English football – wonder what the reaction will be to the aforementioned gentlemen ‘telling it like it is’



    And please before any ‘holier than thou’ comedian starts with some sort of racism view on Souness saying that ‘foreign’ players have brought this to our game – he was telling the truth – and how many times do you hear the truth on the TV these days.



    Even in the school team it was always ‘drummed’ into us – don’t let your opponent know he has hurt you – now it’s play-acting and rolling around for £100k plus per week.



    Hope the Zlatan tackle may give the SFA something to think about when they are deciding on the Tannadice farce, which was brought about not by the players but by their own officials.



    Nice to hear Jamie mention Seville – so we are not all paranoid !

  6. Bada Bing my wife stayed in Queenslie Penston Road I will ask her .I’m sure I heard the name Ogilve mentioned a few times.wifes mother was a very devout Catholic.

  7. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    22:40 on



    11 March, 2015



    My oldest daughter’s U15s school team, St Ninians travelled up to Aberdeen on Monday morning to play Cults Academy in the schools SCQF only to be beaten 3-2.



    Long day travelling for the kids and they were obviously disappointed with the result having been 1-0 up at half time. Day off school mind :-)



    I said to her better luck next time and she told me that next time she would be up to the Seniors team.



    Time flies by us at a fast rate!







  8. gordybhoy64



    My BM -3 bet had been paid so I went to stick on £10 for PSG in ET.



    Chelski scored and odds went to 8/1 – I pressed accept & bet.



    Been paid! :-)

  9. timbhoy2


    23:06 on


    11 March, 2015


    Turkeybhoy. No I’m not joking about Chelsea Fans and Sevco.tell me if I’m wrong.



    Yes,you are wrong.Theres even a couple out here who hate Celtic with a vengeance.They more than make up for the absence of Sevco huns.

  10. timbhoy2



    23:13 on 11 March, 2015Bada Bing my wife stayed in Queenslie Penston Road I will ask her .I’m sure I heard the name Ogilve mentioned a few times.wifes mother was a very devout Catholic.


    I lived at No 37,the Fagans No 39 mate

  11. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on





    That wee runt wae the devils face was up there a few weeks ago.

  12. Delaneys Dunky




    23:17 on


    11 March, 2015





    Souness truth??


    Go home ya hun!





    You are the most closed-minded person I have ever come across – you form opinions cocooned in your own little bigoted world – yes we have bigots too !!!!

  13. Great results for Hibees and PSG. Well done to both :))



    G’Night to all Tims!.







  14. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, I met Leo a few times. A very respectful and gentle man. One former pupil of St Columba’s I worked with wished his dad was like Leo.



    Leo was also a huge Celtic fan. His wife would ask me on a Monday about our game the previous Saturday and how well we had played. She would make a nice comment if Rangers (IL) had lost which would make me laugh.



    Good night all and sleep well.



    PS I hope Nir Bitton is fit for Sunday’s final.

  15. 50/50 with big Nir for Sunday.He says it could go to the last minute.


    Fingers crossed.

  16. antipodean red on

    delaneys dunky,



    Don’t you be forgetting St Andrews bhoy, many a good rebel came out of there, including our own tamrabam



    Hope you are well




  17. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    Delaneys Dunky




    23:22 on



    11 March, 2015



    I need to send Winning Captains another reminder. To be fair he did ask me (several weeks ago), but I never got round to sending him all the details again, but I will remind him again after this weekend



    Will excuse him as he has been busy organising CQN11.



    No need to attack the postie yet!



    Thanking you for your patience







  18. thought I’d have a read about hibs last minute winner which I noticed on live score. STV – no story. BBC – no story. Loads of stuff about a club below them in the league.

  19. South Of Tunis on

    “Chelsea were very poor and very ugly”


    Ossie Ardiles.



    ” PSG gave a demonstration of how to play with 10 men.”



    Marco Tardelli.

  20. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Alfie Noakes, I have known Delaney’s Dunky for over thirty years and he is no bigot. Having a dislike for Rangers(IL), former members of staff there and their ‘open minded’ support does not make you narrow minded.



    Making an opinion of someone you have never met, I find narrow minded.



    Definitely good night from and I include yourself in my hope all have a good sleep tonight.

  21. Delaneys Dunky on




    You want to come to Clydebank and meet the hard working community you have bad mouthed you horrible wee hun?


    Anytime you want. I desire to meet you in person Alfie baby. Horse and Barge Dalmuir. Ask for Garry. Will buy you an ale and then argue my view.

  22. Dallas Dallas………………..Mourinho is among a minority down there who speaks favorably. about us. His tactics are another matter.

  23. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on



    22:55 on


    11 March, 2015


    Evening all.


    Bladdered in Birmingham after a top day@ Cheltenham.


    Glad 2 c from the previous page that Chelsea are out.


    Had a short chat 2 dat with Alan Brazil.






    My big brother (lives in the loaded belt down south) is pals with Brazil, and I’ve met him too.



    Agree with your point – my brother (huge Celtic fan, calls from all corners of the globe at all hours of the day , usually pi55ed, to get me to sing Fields of Athenry to foreign chappies) is wired to the moon re: what has happened to Rainjurz, and what should be done.



    People – and I know I generalise here – who live remotely from what the Huns have done, and who only hear soundbite reports from a disinterested English press, have an entirely different perspective from my fellow obsessives who know what these cheating, duplicitous, lying, arrogant barstools have been up to.






  24. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    St. John Ogilvie easterhouse



    I would go to mass there coming off a Saturday nightshift



    Cracking church




  25. Delaneys Dunky on




    My two young cousins fae Drumry were Saint Andy’s bhoys tae. Sorry for my fudness.

  26. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    …and Alfie – chill out – the “Go Home Ya Hun” looked very tongue in cheek from DD – jeezo.






  27. Praecepta,


    well done mucker,i hadn’t read far enough back to see that it


    was an ET bet you had on

  28. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    googybhoy ♥ celtic





    Well done to your son, Michael. Bring his top three manifesto pledges here to the blog. Has he a p/t job yet, we need a SFA President before the summer arrives?





    Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas





    LD arrived at St Columba’s during my pupil years there. The whole school upped its game then. From a distance he projected a daunting personality but, in 1-to-1 conversation,I found him respectful and engaged. A good influence, as I remember.

  29. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    Good day for your lad making your family very proud



    Well done