The SFA issued a statement yesterday afternoon in response to Newco’s comments implying inappropriate action by the VAR adversely affected them during their recent defeat to Celtic. It addressed three matters:
The Newco penalty claim was a “Subjective handball… that the VAR did not deem it a sufficiently clear and obvious error”. The VAR did not claim the incident was not a penalty, just that it did not meet the “obvious error” threshold.
Notwithstanding the subjective nature of the above decision, it goes on to say that at the meeting, “There was an overall consensus that the incident could not have led to a penalty kick being awarded in any event”. So we all agree, no penalty!
The statement concludes by attempting to chastise Newco for their behaviour and its potential consequences, “recent incidents in European football that have compromised the safety of match officials” They failed to mention incidents in Scottish football last year which led to two prosecutions following a Newco complaint against a referee from a similar ethnic background to Saturday’s VAR.
Newco is like a spoiled child. Not getting its own way results in a tantrum, where no reaction is off the table. They are not adults, they will not learn, if anything, they have set a new level of behaviour they are compelled to repeat. The SFA statement will have no restraining effect.
As always, it is not the nutters around the boardroom table who do the real damage. They simply inspire the (genuinely) tiny percentage of violent and dangerous individuals, who now feel a reaction is justified. Newco are Team Trump, this is their January 6 play and we all know it.
This is shameful behaviour from a shameful football club.