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. Captain Beefheart on

    Evening Pfayr.



    Well, accusing the board of having an OF mentality is a bit bizarre when so many on here follow every Rangers game. Up to them though.

  2. @Captain Beefheart



    Stokes is being considered because GMS, Armstrong and possibly Commons won’t be available.



    It’s obvious Ronny doesn’t fancy Wakaso or Tonev

  3. South Of Tunis on

    Europa League.



    Wolfsburg v Inter tomorrow night.



    German journo told Mancini to expect a big ,noisy and very pro Wolfsburg crowd.-



    Mancini – ” OK – but it won’t compare with Glasgow.”

  4. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    What are Sevconians so happy about



    There team is stinking , they owe Ashley a substantial sum , their stadium and training centre need significant improvement work



    And …they’ve nae money …if they think King is going to stump up big money they’re dafter than I thought

  5. BBC: “On Friday new director Paul Murray said the club would address the issue of a new manager. “We’re laying the foundation for a long-term project here and appointing a first-team manager is a crucial decision,” said Murray.”



    And this week they appoint McCall until the end of the season. Long term? Well. I suppose a couple of months does count as long term for a chaotic new club …

  6. Regards the change in referee for our cup replay v Arabs :



    UEFA has an Elite band of referees (22 I think) who will be predominantly used to officiate at the later stages of Champions League.



    Scotland has 2 of these Elite refs – Collum and Thomson (I know, I know ..)



    Collum (with Chambers) is in charge of Bayern v Shaktar tonight, so maybe Thomson is penciled in for a CL match next week rather than dropped by SFA.



    Refs and their Associations will need forward notification to prevent allocation to local fixtures, and apermit travel arrangements, although the ref is not confirmed until 2 days before fixture.

  7. Captain Beefheart on




    An Elvis cardboard cutout would be more effective.



    Poor Tonev was hounded by the PC brigade. Wakaso was an odd signing.

  8. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    west of ireland csc


    17:38 on


    11 March, 2015


    i asked this late last night, got a cupla good replies


    alot more people logged in now though



    a question for all ye scots out there



    people on this blog call rangers the scottish establishments club but are/were the scottish middle classes as in scottish protestant middle cases supporters supporters of rangers, i thought rugby would be their sport????????????





    My take on it is that they were/are the Establishment club…….but it had little to do with sport.



    Ibrox was/is a Masonic Lodge, known as Lodge Ibrox.



    As Scottish society, through business, banking, media and any other institutions were/are underpinned by Freemasonry, it would stand to reason that they would be drawn to Rangers on a social/ business contact basis.



    The Rugby fraternity, at that time were drawn from the Private School system, where Rugby was the main sport of choice.



    However, that wouldn’t hinder them taking their place in the main listed stand at Ibrox, where they could spout their bile with the best/worst of them.

  9. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    That’s Collums reward from Dallas for his consistent anti CFC performances

  10. mike in toronto on

    Captain Beefheat ….



    As I am sure you are aware, both may have an interest in the goings on at Sevco, but their reasons for doing so may be very different ……many on here want to see the demise of Sevco, while there is at least good circumstantial evidence that the PLC have an interest in keeping them going (in one fashion or another).

  11. Geordie Munro on




    I’m sure someone posted earlier he has europa league duty on Thursday




  12. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Chris Graham in soapy bubble ….sending dodgy twitter stuff



    He is a dreadful troll …

  13. Well I am £50 down,and Mrs TB,who would not know the front end of a horse from the back is £70 up.FFS.


    There is a lesson in there somewhere.

  14. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Breaking hun News .. Sexually expletive Chris Graham .. Anti muslim tweeties..



    BBC Scotland



    Although, it’s old news on tinternet land.

  15. That new Board Member at RFC now being outed on the news for his disgusting Twitter regarding the prophet Mohammed. For the first time ever the BBC have not been able to contact him. Any reasonable individual would immediately resign.

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The next handpicked muppet,who amazingly has been fast tracked to the FIFA List,is Dallas’ boy,who is lucky if he’s reffed half a dozen SPFL games

  17. What is the Stars on

    Edyemi. Tony Martin trainer, supposed to be very well handicapped in the 205 at Cheltenham tomorrow. 8 / 1 at the moment. But I will be having a very cautious day tomorrow. Have one for Friday will post tomorrow. Off out with my ladies for some fine dining.

  18. embramike


    Heard Collum was Dallas’s right hand man, and led the delegation from the “Ref’s strike” which went to Regan and said basically reinstate Dallas and we wont strike, was told to no .(allegedly).

  19. Tinfoil heid outed for his tweets,


    I can smell Jack I, all over that, :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  20. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    BBC Scotland are running yougov polls all week to try and stock up racial tensions ..



    They’re just as disgusting!

  21. west of ireland csc on

    thanks for that thom the tim



    another question for all the scots out there on the blog



    how much power, influence, control does the freemasons and the orange order have over scotland/scottish society in march 2015

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    careful with that tax, moonbeams



    18:48 on 11 March, 2015Breaking hun News .. Sexually expletive Chris Graham .. Anti muslim tweeties..BBC Scotland


    sounds like a job for Jabba’s new mob

  23. HT



    So you’ve set me a multiple choice quiz for homework!



    west of ireland csc



    Rugby varies by scottish region. It was traditionally strongest in the borders. Akin to South Wales or indeed NZ. Religion was never an issue as far as I know. But hailing from the neighbouring village threatened near certain death! One of our best ever coaches in scotland was Jim Telfer, headteacher in Hawick and son of a shepherd.



    In edinburgh it was the game of the (many) private schools. I played in Edinburgh for a few years. Some nice but posh blokes. Some however had nasty streaks of various ‘isms’ when you scratched the surface.



    Also played in Glasgow where again there was a preponderance of private school former pupils. Some Tims, more huns, many didn’t care.


    Fair to say however there weren’t many green brigade tifos on show at the games.



    Plenty of provincial towns, villages and the like all over the country too. Quite a social/class mix – certainly less Middle class than Gla or Edin rugby.



    HH jamesgang


    West of Ireland



    Rugby is very much a marginal sport in Glasgow /West of Scotland.



    The Borders and Edinburgh are the hotbeds.

  25. McCall hahahahahahaha



    Here we go 10 (+) in a row oh here we go 10 (+) in a row

  26. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Stock ? Stoke :)



    We could see the scenario of McCall’s Sevco v Motherwell ..



    Wee Chicco with a bit of wishful thinking on RS ..


    discussing Christopher the bigot now.



    Surely someone will have some screen grabs of his tweets .. For the daily redcoat to reveal to the world :)

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