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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. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 8TH JANUARY 2020 11:28 AM

     

    Lads.

     

     

    I know my place.

     

     

    I leave the professionals to do their job.

     

     

    By all means criticise failure , but I see significantly more success than failure in the last number of years.

     

     

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    Let’s not kid ourselves, most of those years were a walk in the park.

     

    Now the huns are a credible force, are the board going to push the boat out or hang the support out to dry.

     

    The repercussion of the support will hit their pocket.

     

    To me it’s their call.

  2. SIPSINI on 8TH JANUARY 2020 11:51 AM

     

     

    Let’s not kid ourselves, most of those years were a walk in the park.

     

     

    Now the huns are a credible force, are the board going to push the boat out or hang the support out to dry.

     

     

    The repercussion of the support will hit their pocket.

     

     

    To me it’s their call.

     

     

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    People do have short memories though don’t they? In the summer we brought in Jullien to be a dominant CB.

     

     

    We sorted out the problem RB position with Elhamed backed up by Bauer plus the surprise package of Frimpong.

     

     

    We had a big step up in quality at GK.

     

     

    We’ve added decent options at LB.

     

     

    That was one window. Winter windows see less business done so I don’t expect to see 7 or 8 new faces.

     

     

    If we could address our lack of depth behind Edouard I’d say that’s good enough.

     

     

    The summer is the time to deal with Forster, Elyounoussi, the CB position, the CM position etc.

  3. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ TIMALOY29 on 8TH JANUARY 2020 12:13 PM

     

     

    The problem is that we left so much on our plate that not all issues could be addressed during the summer window. Our transfer policy under BR was flawed and there was a lack of investment during his tenure.

     

     

    Neil was provided with a bigger budget last summer than BR ever received during his tenure (in a single window). It is the accumulation of these windows (which caused stagnation) that is now coming back to bite us.

  4. Celtic should look nearer home for a striker,and I’m not saying Shankland at Dundee Utd, Neil Lennon should at least try the young Republic of Ireland Striker Abolofi,who signed a 3year contract ,also there is another couple in the Development Squad who should be give a run out in the first team,would save the club a lot off money if they could make that step up.

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