Since the beginning of (football) time, the only persistent complaint against officialdom is the lack of consistency. If the precedent is set, as when Alfredo Morelos grabbed the genitals of Ryan Christie last season and nothing was done about it, then Christie is encouraged to think that behaviour is acceptable (I disagree).
The rules have not changed since last season, when Morelos action was not judged an offence, but how the SFA Judicial Panel interprets the rule is completely different for Christie and Morelos. We have a clear case of officials condoning a behaviour of Morelos on Christie, only to impose a retrospective ban on Christie for the same misdemeanour.
The seeds of this issue were sown last season, when Morelos was ordered off an unprecedented five times. The Panel, faced with his incessant offending, succumbed to pressure, forgave one red card on appeal and declined to take action for the offence on Christie.
As though to compound the matter, the same Panel have failed to react to Morelos throat-slitting gesture towards Celtic fans. Like everything else in disciplinary matters, this looks like a precedent, which I doubt. Any other player acting like this will be severely punished. Neil Lennon would be banned from the game for life if he behaved like this.
The world game has always been plagued by inconsistencies in refereeing decisions, which are made on the spot and (in Scotland) without video review. There can be no legitimate reason for the SFA Judicial Panel to approve an action by Morelos on Christie and subsequently ban Christie for the same action.
That they are apparently happy to condone throat-slitting gestures in our game is unacceptable. This panel is not fit to administer discipline in our game and if the SFA think otherwise, the Association itself is not fit for purpose.
We cannot acquiesce to live in a Trump world, where shouty statements regurgitated by friends in the media are given any substance. It is no wonder we want out of Scottish football.