Sympathy for the ref, cynicism for SFA


Yesterday’s referee Craig Thomson is getting it from all quarters but I have some sympathy for him.  He saw the Scott Brown tackle and took no action.  The challenge was executed with extreme force but also with laser-like accuracy.  It didn’t injure or foul anyone.

Aiden Connolly dived to win Dundee United’s penalty.  Thomson could not have seen an infraction, because there wasn’t one, but when a player attempts to con a referee like this, it’s impossible for the ref to get it right all the time.

Virgil got involved with Butcher, both players on the ground, carelessly kicking away.  Both should have been cautioned.  Fifa guidelines entitle the referee to interpret this behaviour as a sending off offence, if he deems it appropriate- however, Thomson didn’t see it and took no action until his assistant, Graham Chambers, got involved.

It was evident from the length of time Thomson spoke to Chambers that the assistant was getting the third degree on what he claimed to have seen.  The ref asked several questions of his assistant to verify how sure he was of what he saw.  It was clear this was not corroborated by the Thomson’s own account.

Neither of them saw Nadir Ciftci kick Scott Brown on the head.  I didn’t see it either until I watched the incident a couple of times.

Chambers got things spectacularly wrong.  Like most others he missed the worst incident (Ciftci), advised the referee into red carding two players who should have been cautioned, and, to demonstrate how flustered he was, failed to notice which United player he put his arm on and led away from the action.

When a referee has an assistant, and a player like Connolly, to work with, he’s going to have a bad day.

As far as retrospective action is concerned: Scott Brown is in the clear, the referee saw what he did and was happy with it.  Ciftci presumably will be banned for violent conduct.  Connolly should be banned for simulation, unless Ronny is right that this rule applies only when players wear green and white hoops.  Paton should have his red card rescinded.

Virgil van Dijk has a case to have his red card reduced to a yellow – however – this being the SFA, I don’t think that will happen, as he is tied to Calum Butcher’s situation, and that is more complex.  If Virgil has his card reduced to a yellow, so too should Butcher, but Butcher was later booked – which would have been his second yellow.

A player who the assistant referee intended to remove from the field would not have been on to receive his booking had the assistant not nabbed the wrong player.  He also didn’t have the benefit of taking his caution into account.

The SFA will stick their fingers in their ears and insist the assistant’s initial interpretation was right, just to avoid the unholy mess of banning Butcher for two yellow cards while not banning the Celtic player, or deciding that Butcher’s (actual) yellow card should be ignored due to the player unfairly missing out on a caution.

Countdown is on to Friday night’s CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner at the Kerrydale Suite, tickets will be in the post today.

Between now and then you can win a Celtic jersey signed by the 2008 squad, who won one of the most remarkable titles in our history.  All proceeds go towards building a fourth CQN school kitchen in Malawi for Mary’s Meals.

It’s been humbling watching people come forward and do their bit in recent weeks.  Tickets cost £5 each, you know how valuable this is to those kids and families in Malawi.  Buy your ticket here, or click the link at the bottom of that page to buy a book of tickets.

Friday’s programme is about to go to press…  The wee guy with the spoon is not from a stock photo, he’s been served at a kitchen YOU PAID FOR last year.  Stunning stuff.

Click Here for Comments >

About Author

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. ...
  4. 6
  5. 7
  6. 8
  7. 9
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. ...
  12. 17

  1. You still harping on with your assumption as the focus, I don’t think you should be rude to the host, you are singling him out, only you are singling him out, I am willing to accept an apology for your poison this afternoon.

  2. lennon’s passion



    18:29 on 9 March, 2015


    Does big Virgil Miss the cup final ?


    What game does Johnson miss ?



    If VVD loses appeal! and his sending off is deemed for violent conduct, he misses the cup final and the cup replay.


    Johansen misses the cup replay

  3. I can’t understand why some people are getting upset about arrangements for the cup replay tickets. Sick of people thinking because they have a season ticket, they own the seat for EVERY game. Threatening not to renew because they can’t get their “own seat” for non-season ticket games is pathetic. Acting like spoiled weans.



    Where half the stadium is closed, it is impossible to give everyone in the lower tier their season ticket seat.



    The ticket office offering tickets to season ticket holders simply means you get priority for buying tickets.



    Any excuse to have a dig at the club / board / ticket office.

  4. themaestro72 on

    Tickets booked for replay and now my daughter cheered me up before my nightshift by telling me that Sevco want the pie man back.

  5. First Ronnie, now Broonie stands up for the team. Well done both of you. That leaves one other branch to report. Where are you Peter? Do the Board have a view on what happened on Sunday?

  6. I refused to give you my opinion once as you only asked me once. So I suppose I am continuing to refuse to answer a question I have been asked only once.



    I can agree with your statement and think you could have expressed it better


    I can disagree with your statement and think you could have expressed it better.


    My opinion has no bearing on the content of the post has no relevance to my opinion on How you expressed your opinion.



    It’s up to you whether you see things that aren’t there.

  7. leftclicktic on

    Re: Huns being called Huns.


    Get the Huns,SFA,and our Law makers especially Mr Mulholland, to Google, why are rangers fans called “”huns”.






    Why are Glasgow rangers fans called huns?





    “in 1961, rangers travelled to wolverhampton to play wolverhampton wanderers in the European cup winners cup. true to form, their supporters ran riot through the town destroying everything in their path. in an article appearing in the English press shortly afterwards they were described as ‘coming across the border like marauding huns’. thus, a humorous accurate and nonsectarian term of endearment was created for the rangers”.

  8. TheBarcaMole on



    Any chance of your Da’ asking his pal Carlie G to come out of retirement for a couple of minutes each Saturday/Sunday to take a corner kick now and then???????


    Regards & Hail Hail



  9. leftclicktic on





    18:31 on 9 March, 2015




    Tickets booked for replay and now my daughter cheered me up before my nightshift by telling me that Sevco want the pie man back.




    McDull wants him back but rest assured the Zombies dont( unfortunately).

  10. at the risk of being a ticket office apologist , got a few words to say in their defence .



    they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to games like this .



    I’m in North Stand Upper and there will be thousands like me who are on the HCTS and who need to be accommodated in lower tier .



    What are the TO to do? wait to see if any lower tier SB holders (who are not on the HCTS) want to go to the game before looking to allocate tickets ? What happens then if a parent and child can’t then be accommodated together in lower tier ?



    Remember , it’s only your seat for the SPFL games . A case in point was the Europa League games this season when we only used the lower tier .



    As i said , the TO are damned if they do and damned if they don’t .




  11. !!Bada Bing!! on




    18:32 on 9 March, 2015First Ronnie, now Broonie stands up for the team. Well done both of you. That leaves one other branch to report. Where are you Peter? Do the Board have a view on what happened on Sunday?


    They will be too busy working out how much to fine Guidetti for calling them huns.

  12. Neustadt-Braw on

    Hunne :male:


    Hunnin :female:



    jist a trifle difficult telling them apart…..




  13. Eurochamps67 on

    Just been on the official site.


    Seats in South Stand upper are on sale.


    So I reckon ST holders on home ticket scheme must be getting their usual seat.




  14. auldheid


    15:37 on 9 March, 2015




    Sod sending SPL/ SFA to America to talk about promoting Scottish football in a tiny market.



    Send PL to talk about joining the American Football League.



    Indeed why not auldheid?


    After all the NFL are pursuing including a London team.


    What’s so different about traveling 3k miles from the east coast to Glasgow or traveling 3k miles from the east coast to California?


    OK I know the west coast sides would have the longer hauls.

  15. Eurochamps67 –



    Obviously those season ticket holders in the lower tiers and south stand who are on the home cup scheme get their own seats because they signed up for these games at the start of the season and the cash automatically comes out of their bank accounts. The ticket office don’t have to wait for them to decide whether or not they want a ticket. They signed up to buy one whether they attend the game or not.

  16. My wee mate phoned me at work today to tell me he managed to get tickets for my son and daughter for the final.



    Text my daughter as she was at work, she replied with that’s great Dad, tell Mick thanks.



    Phoned my bhoy, great news you’ve got a ticket for the final….his reply was…is it for hospitality dad, I nearly dropped my mobile. Kids nowadays :(

  17. Geordie Munro on




    Eurochamps said south upper, which doesn’t usually close I don’t think.

  18. lennon's passion on




    18:30 on 9 March, 2015



    Thanks mate tough period. Got a feeling a few people don’t want us to win treble.

  19. Geordie Munro –



    Exactly. That’s what I am saying. If you’re in the home cup scheme and your seat is in an area that is not closed, it is easy to give you your season ticket seat.

  20. Well done SB, told it like it is on TV – “I didn’t foul anyone””, Cifti kicked me in the head”, “it was a blatant dive for the Utd pen” Strange KC never had the same courage.



    Lets all do the broonie

  21. Your whole gripe is based on your misplaced assumption that I was having a dig at Paul personally, an assumption that you stand by obviously. Only you brought Paul into this and still you expect me to accept your being anything other than disingenuous.


    You were wrong in that I did not select Paul but correct that everyone who tries to give succour to the SFA and their refs are idiots, if they have watched what has happened to us and expect anything but the same, definition of mad even but I think idiots is more likely. Hard fought changes to system that keeps the corrupt in place is the only way we will get anywhere. Not accepting mistakes can happen from cheats how point blame at your own players for their genuine mistakes, players mistakes change games too, difference being their mistakes are genuine and suddenly we are away blaming the players for genuine mistakes and not the corruption we apparently forgive all too easily. Over and over we will follow you, and again and again, that IMO is a cold hard fact. In fact I think I might be being a wee bit lenient on them the more I think about it.

  22. Mystified why some on the site and elsewhere still listen to the radio shows.



    Don’t play their game.



    By the way I’m over the moon to have found how to do a fada on this phone.



    I suppose it’s the small things in life.



    In the Name of the Fada CSC



    Árd Macha

  23. gary67



    18:21 on 9 March, 2015





    17:48 on 9 March, 2015



    I’m not on home ticket scheme but managed to my season ticket seats in main stand




    Well done but that may be because all of the main stand is open and so no one needs to move.

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. ...
  4. 6
  5. 7
  6. 8
  7. 9
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. ...
  12. 17