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. a light insanity on

    If McCall resigned from Motherwell because he felt he couldn’t address the problems they were having, will he not be suicidal within a month at Sevco?

  2. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Changing the manager at Ibrokes wont do much they have a poor squad and 12 of that group come up in the summer for resigning.They are likely to release most of them so it is doubtful if there hearts are in playing for the Rangers at the moment. They will need to sign new players which will be costly and it may prove difficult for them to sign quality it is more likely that they will go down the youth player road.I believe they are in much more difficulty than we have been told about.They do need to pay McCoist and McDowall for the year and they need to pay any new manager and his back room team they also require to employ Scouts.They need to get there shares back on the market or the shareholders including King will lose a lot of money.Also they need to repair Ibrokes and the idea of the fans doing it to save money is unlikley as health and safety wont allow it so all and all they are in very poor shape. H.H.

  3. TIMALOY 29,



    Imo, you are dead right but I doubt if many on here will agree.The subject is constantly being aired. Nobody convinces anyone else and so it goes on.

  4. Back to Prestbury Park and dead man falls for me……….. Reminded why I hardly ever post on here of late………….




  5. Duckenfield is looking for sympathy.



    He is blaming his superiors for giving him a post for which he was not suited. They forced me to accept career advancement.



    He is admitting that he is a liar and that he should be believed.



    There was a time and a place when his admissions and his accusations may have been reasons for giving him a sympathetic hearing but decades after the event is well beyond that time.

  6. Genius move by Glibby. If The Mullet can inspire both oldco and newco to crushing victories from the Motherwell dugout, just think what he will do when in the Sevco dugout.

  7. @TheBarcaMole



    PL has no obligation to openly support any political group. Celtic is a club where everyone is welcome.



    What would happen is PL said “I love the IRA songs, they are what Celtic are all about”?



    Would Celtic benefit? Would the Irish Republican movement benefit? Does it contradict the foundation of the club being open to all regardless of creed or political persuasion?



    You want a guy at the helm who knows how to play the long game and can navigate the murky waters of Scottish football. We’re trying to get by in a world where the authority, the other teams and the media are out to get us.



    We don’t need a big mouth

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I’m sure McCall’s record of not managing a team, to beat Oldco or Newco, is being rewarded now.

  9. Geordie Munro on




    I disagree kinda. they have an ok bunch there imo who were managed by two clueless tools.



    Sure you can’t Polish a turd but the mullet us is twice the manager Sleekit or Mcdowell is.




  10. joe filippis haircut @17.02hrs,



    I agree with just about all your post.


    Was just wondering : why would H&S not allow self employed tradesmen to work at Greyskull ?. Presumably they would have their own insurance. It would be immaterial if they received any form of payment.




  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Be REALLY convenient if your desired manager had resigned from his previous position and didn’t need any compensation payment, wouldn’t it?

  12. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon


    16:59 on


    11 March, 2015


    Dave Kings new football management strategy: pay three of them at the same time and hope that one does something useful.



    Yep,Monkeys(very apt)and typewriters.

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Sheik Yerbouti. All failures at management so are very unlikely to have a positive impact at Ibrokes. H.H.

  14. I assume WGS will be demanding compensation for losing a key member of his coaching staff . . .

  15. Jimmynotpaul 16:57 on 11 March, 2015



    Was going to cut out and go back to the racing before I saw your response………Think we may well know each other………..Going back to when one of your offspring was/were flitting to Englandshire and JH (Chunkie) advised you to contact me as I ran the local CSC at that time……..


    Remember also, you posting about Billy (RIP) and Eddie, his bro………


    Last time I was back in Saint Rab’s was for wee PF’s funeral (JH picked me up and E dropped me off at my wee Ma’s place); his big bro was my best pal growing up in the concrete jungle that passed for a scheme………….



    Regards & Hail Hail



  16. Will Sevco have to pay the SFA compensation if they pinch McCall?



    I know it’s a silly question.

  17. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Greenpinta. I think self employed tradesmen may well be able to work at Ibrokes useing there own liability insurance but if they dont get paid are they going to give up other income I think that would be doubtful they also have bills to pay.H.H.

  18. Supasundae,now at 10/1.I got him e/w at 14/1.Mrs TB,out walking the dog with her smug winning expression.Thank God.If I get stuffed life wont be worth living.

  19. tonydonnelly67



    i’m not sure McCall ever managed to beat the hun while he was gaffer of the Asda bigots?

  20. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on



    17:15 on 11 March, 2015


    better off with RS McColl




    They would be well suited as RS McColl also had a policy of not employing Catholics from what I’ve been told.

  21. Jfh,



    Cheers, maybe their brickes, sparks, plumbers et al have wealth of the radar.



    HH to you.

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