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. Well tans who they wany, pandering to the masses seemed to be his plan all along, it’s a wonder no one else thought of that.,.


    No word on who has the deeds yet?

  2. mike in toronto


    15:47 on


    11 March, 2015



    Natknow…. I’m guessing that was before he ‘won’ his tax case with the SA taxman… :)






    15:48 on


    11 March, 2015



    NatKnow 15:45 on 11 March, 2015



    It’s a classic – and of course they all fell for it.



    The Devil is in the detail.




    Seriously bhoys – If money were no object and you employed the best Fenian script writer you could find, s/he could not have come up with a better sitcom. I mean their board is now :



    – Dave King (awaiting confirmation/coronation)


    – Paul Murray


    – The Tennets Lager guy and…



    …wait for it……



    Chris Graham…!!



    “Maw…! Where’s ma packet of Tena Man…?”

  3. tonydonnelly67,



    Don’t believe they’ve been dropped, heard they have a Europa tie Thursday night




  4. tonydonnelly67


    16:19 on


    11 March, 2015



    Well tans who they wany




    Have you seen the movie “Pootie Tang”, TD?




  5. tonydonnelly67




    16:22 on 11 March, 2015




    sheik yerbouti


    You hivin a laff wi that music





    No m8 quality band


    Are U havin a laff


    What do U suggest

  6. McCall is a more capable coach than McCoist or McDowell



    I was hoping Super Ally was back

  7. tonydonnelly67


    13:38 on


    11 March, 2015


    If he was a Celtic player and celtic appealed that charge, evey part of the SMSM would be over our club like a rash.


    Let’s see how this one turns out.



    Tony,can you imagine the uproar from the Huns,and the SMSM,if Celtic say,appointed Phil,onto the Celtic board.!!!!!!!!!!!.

  8. timaloy29 15:42 on 11 March, 2015



    …………………PL has to distance himself from things like Irish Republicanism……….



    Why??? It’s not a feckin’ disease!




  9. Jimmynotpaul ……….



    Responded to you the other night re Pollok/Glenlora bus……



    Regards & Hail Hail



  10. TBM










    16:34 on 11 March, 2015




    sheik yerbouti


    Fill yer boots mate, it’s not for me, but each to there own.



    fair enuff

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on




    16:34 on 11 March, 2015



    Chief superintendent David Duckenfield,admits to lying about events at Hillsbourgh.


    Shocking news for the families.



    Are these liars immune from prosecution? I wonded if the Masonic connection will be included in the inquest.

  12. Leftclicktic



    Congratulations Granda, on the Happy 5th birthday of Sean Patrick



    Give him his bumps from all at CQN :-)

  13. TheBarcaMole




    16:46 on 11 March, 2015




    Sheik Yerbouti 16:38 on 11 March, 2015











    Dunno typo

  14. @TheBarcaMole



    The club can be proud of it’s Irish roots and support but it is a club for all people. Irish or not.



    Make no mistake about it, singing the roll of honour at a Celtic match makes you no more of a Celtic man than those who choose to sing songs about Celtic, great victories and the demise of our rivals.



    I believe that Celtic fans should have the right to sing political songs but I don’t actually think it’s a good thing. It’s left the club open to attack from Strathclyde Police, the SNP and helps justify anti-catholic and anti-irish attitudes.

  15. Thatcher’s in hell.



    Let he rest in torture and despair for ever.



    She brought it on herself.

  16. Sheik Yerbouti



    16:48 on 11 March, 2015






    16:46 on 11 March, 2015



    Sheik Yerbouti 16:38 on 11 March, 2015











    Dunno typo…………



    No worries, thanks for the response……….


    Regards & Hail Hail



  17. timaloy29



    16:48 on 11 March, 2015



    ‘and helps justify anti-catholic and anti-irish attitudes.’








  18. Stuart McCall has been appointed Rangers manager until the end of the season, BBC Scotland understands.



    It is unknown yet if he will retain current caretaker manager Kenny McDowall on the coaching staff, or bring an assistant in with him.

  19. Where is the money coming from to add another manger’s wage to their monthly spend?

  20. Mike in Toronto.


    Thanks for information about Mr Cole will look out some reading on him about civil rights.


    South of Tunis.


    Thanks for information about a.side and b.side r.e. change is gonna come.




    Thanks for link.




    I did see your reply but not until next day.


    My mum still lives there, just down the road from the shops where Glenlora bus left from.


    I first went on it on 1979. I then moved but still travelled through now and again to go on Pollok bus when it left from The Oak.


    A particularly legendary night in there, was after we beat Dundee Utd in league cup final at Ibrox.

  21. ernie



    As long as we sing IRA songs, the Billy Boys and the Famine Song will be defended with ‘whataboutery’



    Rangers fans and their pals in the media will sing that tune forever unless we move on

  22. timaloy29 16:48 on 11 March, 2015……..



    You said …………………’PL has to distance himself from things like Irish Republicanism’……….


    I responded……….’ Why??? It’s not a feckin’ disease!’……..



    So what is your post at (timaloy29 16:48 on 11 March, 2015) all about wrt the/my initial response???








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