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STATEMENT: CELTIC WANT TALKS WITH SFA BOSSES

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CELTIC have requested a meeting with Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell and Head of Refereeing John Fleming.

The Hoops made their move following the news Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos had escaped disciplinary charges after three flashpoint incidents in the champions’ 1-0 loss at Ibrox at the weekend.

The controversial Colombian forward aimed a wayward kick at the Parkhead side’s skipper Scott Brown in only three minutes with the ball yards away following a clearance by the midfielder.

OUCH…Scott Brown gets a kick in a sensitive area with ref John Beaton getting a close-up view on the incident.

Morelos also made a gesture to Ryan Christie when he flicked out his hand towards the Celt’s groin area.

Thirdly, he stamped on right-back Anthony Ralson who was on the ground after a challenge on the touchline.

Referee John Beaton said he witnessed all three incidents, but didn’t even issue a word of caution to the frontman who has already been red-carded three times in this campaign.

On that basis of the match official’s admission, no retrospective action could be taken.

GROUNDED…Anthony Ralston hits the turf as he is challenged by Morelos.

CRUNCH…Morelos’ right boot makes contact with the Celtic defender’s back.

PAIN GAME…Ralston yells in agony following the clash.

Celtic released a statement which expressed surprise at the decision and will look to meet with Maxwell and the SFA’s head of refereeing Fleming.

The statement read: “Celtic Football Club is surprised that there will be no disciplinary action taken by the Scottish FA regarding the incidents during the match on December 29, which have been widely addressed in the media.

“It is reported that no action was taken because the match referee saw all of the incidents in question.

“Given that the referee took no action at the time, this tends to suggest that such conduct, which in one instance led to a Celtic player, Anthony Ralston, being injured, is acceptable in Scottish football. That cannot be right.

“On the day, Celtic did not play well enough to win the match, something we accept. However, this issue goes beyond the result of the match.

“Celtic is not the only club this season to raise concerns regarding the standard of officiating at matches in Scotland, concerns which have also been shared by many commentators on the game.

“In order to fully understand what is going on, Celtic, our supporters, Scottish clubs and the general Scottish football public need transparency in these matters, and we therefore call on the Scottish FA to allow the referee, John Beaton, to explain these decisions publicly as well as any match officials involved in other similar circumstances.

“In the meantime, we have requested a meeting with Scottish FA chief executive, Ian Maxwell, and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.”

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