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Weak, shoddy and inconsistent. The SFA is back on form

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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.

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  1. Corkcelt – can you imagine if at anytime during the past few years a new Euro-wide league set up had materialised and we had got in on it – and they hadn’t due to them been stuck in the lower divisions. They would never have recovered.

     

    Luck and time has been on their side.

     

    Our chance of being invited to the party without them is now most unlikely.

  2. weebobbycollins on

    Corkcelt…whatever the reasons, it would be nice if someone would just talk to us…it’s no fun sitting in the dark at the back of the bus…

  3. CORK_PATRICK on 7TH JANUARY 2020 5:30 PM

     

     

    Excellent news for the company in general, particularly the commercial team. Desmond and Lawwell were right all long.

     

     

    “Rangers is a great football club, it has a great history and it’s unfortunate that they have been relegated,” said the Irish businessman. on the 3rd of October 2012.

     

     

    “For us, it’s disappointing that they’re not there,” Desmond told BBC Sport.

     

     

    “But that was a decision by the various clubs, a decision by the various leagues and we accept those decisions.”

     

     

    It will be particularly pleasing that the reduced allocation for away supporters has had no impact on contributing to ‘the status of the fixture as a sporting occasion’.

     

     

    Jolly good.

  4. David17 – imagine if DD thought that TRFC needed to win the league this year to stay afloat. Lose and it might mean they financially implode again. Wonder what he would prefer?

  5. Sevco are a Joke & so are the sand dancers (chancers) who Govern our so called

     

    not a fair play game I can just hea thatr wee cheating & diving & dirty wee Morelos

     

    saying to Stevie-G hay boss get the Sly TV to highlight Ryan who I stamped on @

     

    Rent A Midden Christie a while back to highlight & review his hand near my balls

     

    & our so called Bear Friends who are on the Review Panal will see it & dish out a

     

    ridicu;ous suspension for him howver Boss make sure they don’t highlight in the

     

    same match me (el dirty cheatah) twice stamping twice on Chris Jullien’s feet &

     

    also trying to back my head into his face okay Boss

  6. I agree DeniaBhoy but Football is evolving very quickly. Football is now big business, it is all about money, TV Audiences, Advertising etc,

     

     

    The big European Leagues have pulled well clear of the rest of Europe,

     

     

    The vast majority of European Leagues are now in the also ran category, European Football needs restructuring, I firmly believe it will happen in the not too distant future.

  7. DENIABHOY on 7TH JANUARY 2020 5:57 PM

     

    David17 – imagine if DD thought that TRFC needed to win the league this year to stay afloat. Lose and it might mean they financially implode again. Wonder what he would prefer?

     

     

    He would prefer that they stay affloat.

  8. Well DeniaBhoy, if the great Desmondo believes that, then we won’t be strengthening this window. Let’s wait & see.

  9. DENIABHOY on 7TH JANUARY 2020 5:57 PM

     

     

    Sadly i don’t think your theory can be ruled out. I don’t however think they will ‘allow’ them to win the League, i just don’t think we have the stomach for stopping them. They are rampant, rabid and bulldozing their way through with a compliant smsm and governing body. We are standing still, maybe even going backwards and appear feeble and weak. For me its 09, 10 and 11 all over again.

  10. CORKCELT on 7TH JANUARY 2020 6:00 PM

     

    I agree DeniaBhoy but Football is evolving very quickly. Football is now big business, it is all about money, TV Audiences, Advertising etc,The big European Leagues have pulled well clear of the rest of Europe,

     

    The vast majority of European Leagues are now in the also ran category, European Football needs restructuring, I firmly believe it will happen in the not too distant future.

     

     

    Yes CorkCelt European Football certainly does needs restructuring that is for sure

  11. Should Scott Sinclair Go To Preston Noth End?

     

     

    Apparently his Family is based in England

     

     

    His best Season was his first Season.

     

     

    & he is now on NL surplus to requirement list

     

     

    Should he Go? In my opinion Yes thanks for

     

    your time Scott, however its time to move on.

  12. Corkcelt – I an not saying that DD would do that, it was just me speculating a what if scenario.

     

     

    King would bury us. With DD I’m not so sure.

  13. Do we need another Striker? Yes.

     

    Do we need a left sided Centre Back? Yes

     

    because Kris Ayer is not the answer in-fact

     

    Kris Ayer would be better utilised in the

     

    Midfield

  14. I would also like to see a tall Right Back backup cover

     

    especially for the matches against Sevco both their

     

    goals against us on the 29th of December came from

     

    our right back side as for wee Frimpong yes he is

     

    flamboyant & sparkling however their are horses for

     

    courses

  15. Hi CQNers

     

     

    I sense a storm brewing. This blog is made up primarily of moderate seasoned and experienced Celtic supporters who are at the end of their tether with the Celtic Board. Its not the defeat on 29 Dec but a continuing apathy displayed by the people we depend on leading the club with ambition, courage and integrity.

     

     

    We witnessed a demonstration of ambition in the summer transfer window with our dealings in the transfer market and we praised them for that.

     

     

    The continued ignoring of Res 12 followed quickly by the capitulation to the SFA dragging Celtic’s name to a new low means it is surely time to fight back.

     

     

    I wish there was someone able to mobilise the Celtic fanbase in demanding real action and not accept a limp-wristed statement from Celtic FC complaining about the treatment of Ryan Christie.

     

     

    Celtic FC and the Celtic supporters have been and are being cheated on a grand scale. The Board and the support must take positive action to stop it now and insist on wholesale changes to the governance of Scottish football.

     

     

    I am well aware that there are many learned and courageous individuals on this blog and I wish that one or preferably more would come forward to lead us into concerted defiance of acceptance of the status quo.

     

     

    PLEASE.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  16. onenightinlisbon on

    Desmond is a hard nosed businessman.

     

     

    His ideal world is where he can make most money.

     

     

    this means welcoming the sectarian sevco with open arms.

     

     

    If they win the odd title or two, well that’s business…..

  17. onenightinlisbon on

    CYRENEAN on 7TH JANUARY 2020 6:50 PM

     

     

    “I wish there was someone able to mobilise the Celtic fanbase in demanding real action”

     

     

    Wonder if that will happen if we don’t get 9?

  18. David7,

     

     

    ” i just don’t think we have the stomach for stopping them. They are rampant, rabid and bulldozing their way through”

     

     

    It’s called a challenge. One we have built a war chest to enable us to deal with. Unfortunately we have a board who broken their trigger finger. Let’s see what January brings.

  19. Last week we mighta snuck (another) sneaky win and that woulda changed the complexion of the intervening week.

     

     

    The huns aren’t dominant, the y are not Scotland’s Liverpool and Stevie isn’t the new Messiah…….

     

    ……….he’s just a very naughty Bhoy ( literally)

     

     

    Our timidity is always an opportunity for sleekit hunnery to make merry at our expense.

     

     

    It’s evident.

     

     

    HHH.

  20. glendalystonsils on

    BBC Scottish sports news very selective in their coverage of Celtic’s spat with the SFA . A couple of slo-mo re runs of Christie’s goolie grapple to illustrate Celtic’s plea for consistency while ignoring Morelas bawgrab on Christie which ,of course , would have illustrated the inconsistency perfectly. Maybe that( along with his boot on SB’s baws , stamp on AR , stamp on JR’s foot and cut throat gesture) got lost in their archives somewhere.

  21. If the only way that Celtic can escape the likes of Hamilton, Ross County, ICT, Kilmarnock & Motherwell, as surely it must, and move up to a stage more fitting to its stature, whether that be in England, or a new European league, is to be part of an ‘Old Firm’ package, wouldn’t that answer a lot of questions.

     

     

    However it would not excuse the duplicity and stonewalling over the past eight years….would it?

  22. glendalystonsils on

    No doubt if Fergus hadn’t come along to rescue us , the SFA and Rangers would have pulled out all the stops to save us and preserve the all-important OF cash cow . No?

  23. ” The only answer permitted currantly is one that contains a heated driveway…………or a snugly fitting, well-made, tin flute….”

  24. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 7TH JANUARY 2020 7:41 PM

     

    No doubt if Fergus hadn’t come along to rescue us , the SFA and Rangers would have pulled out all the stops to save us and preserve the all-important OF cash cow . No?

     

     

    However the amount of money involved in football nowadays compared to 1993

     

    twenty seven years ago there is a big difference in more ways than one Tonsils

  25. Scottish football is still too parochial. And ultimately we all get caught up in it. it is on the park that matters and the sly FA have hurt us by going for highland lad come good Ryan Christie. Add the adjective “demented” to your list Paul. You would think the Celtic board would be defending Scotland star Christie to the hilt but alas no poor yorath.

  26. glendalystonsils on

    AKBW1888

     

     

    If Sky had been around then , maybe . Otherwise they would have danced on our grave.

  27. AN TEARMANN on 7TH JANUARY 2020 6:44 PM

     

    The ol Celtic park.

     

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1214527305571348480

     

     

    Brings back old memories of the past I remember the old

     

    Jungle get your ham & cheese rolls macaroon bars & spearmint

     

    chewing gum & get your wellies on if you need a hit & miss as

     

    for a dump well just hold it in & sometimes avoid flying tin &

     

    glass objects yeah if you down the front of the Jungle anyway

     

    a very loud singing section of the Stadium yeah good memories

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HH

  28. GLENDALYSTONSILS on 7TH JANUARY 2020 8:02 PM

     

    AKBW1888

     

    If Sky had been around then , maybe . Otherwise they would have danced on our grave.

     

     

    I know Tonsils however they have the financial clout nowadays which is disappointing

     

    & frustrating perhaps one day their bubble will burst & we are all back on a level

     

    playing field

  29. Yeah Tonsils the GB would have certainly loved the old Jungle

     

    I remember meeting Cesar for a selfie back in 1989 & Cesar

     

    saying which part of the Stadium do you stand Son & I replied

     

    the Jungle with a wide grin on my face & Cesar said yeah that’s

     

    the first part of the Stadium we see & the roar goes up when

     

    we enter the playing field

  30. Good News about the Women’s team.

     

     

     

    “CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce that with effect from today January 7, 2020, it’s women’s first team will be moving to professional status for the first time.

     

     

    Considerable work has been undertaken by Celtic to reach this stage and significant investment is being committed to this new professional model.

     

     

    A number of existing players have already been moved on to professional contracts and the Celtic squad for 2020 will be bolstered by some further signings, modern apprentices and continuing amateur players, which will all be announced over the coming weeks.

     

     

    The club is currently in the final stages of the process of appointing a new Head Coach to lead the first team forward into this exciting new era and an announcement on this position will also be made as soon as possible.

     

     

    A full-time assistant coach will also be appointed in consultation with the new Head Coach, and the duo will be supported by a backroom team including dedicated sports science and medical personnel.

     

     

    The wider club staff have also committed to supporting the women’s team, with every effort made to ensure they have the highest quality of support for the season ahead.

     

     

    A number of new sponsors, including Indigo Unified Communications, Eleven Sports Media, Utilita and BeCordial Hotel Group have already come on board to support Celtic’s vision for the future, with further partnerships being finalised to ensure the off-field and academic parts of the programme match the on-field standards.

     

     

    With the season due to commence with a League Cup match on February 9, the first team will be heading to Spain in mid-January for a fantastic warm-weather training camp in Spain.

     

     

    The team will be looking to hit the ground running and build on the performances from season 2019 which saw a marked improved in terms of league performance.

     

     

    The first team finished the season in third place level on points with Hibernian and 11 points behind the perennial league winners, Glasgow City – who Celtic will face on the opening day of the League season, Sunday, February 23, at K-Park in East Kilbride

     

     

    Globally the women’s game is evolving all the time and interest is at an all-time high. Along with the other professional teams in the country, Celtic has an opportunity to be at the forefront of improving the women’s game in Scotland, developing greater opportunities for female players and creating a clear career path.

     

     

    Always striving to be the best at anything it does, the club relishes this opportunity and looks forward to its wider fan base providing its world-renowned support to all levels of the women’s set-up.

     

     

    Gordon Kaye, Celtic’s Head of Business Development said: “We are delighted to be leading the way in this area in Scotland and we are sure our move to professional status is one which will be hugely beneficial for the club and our players.

     

     

    “Our new professional arrangement aims to provide the same opportunities for women wishing to play the game at all levels as we currently do for men – as a club famously open to all, this is hugely important to us.

     

     

    “Building on recent progress, our objective will always be to aim higher and achieve more success and we believe our new professional status will allow us to do this.

     

     

    “While we realise reaching the top spot in Scotland may not happen overnight, we always want to be the best in all we do and this is absolutely something we aspire to.

     

     

    “It is a very exciting time for women’s football and we are delighted to be driving forward with these exciting new plans.”

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