The decision by the Scottish FA to not retrospectively award Rangers’ Jon Flanagan a red card for an incident with Celtic’s Scott Brown was not a popular one with Celtic.
Indeed, the club described the verdict as a ‘huge embarrassment‘.
Not likely to placate fans
The SFA have now explained their reasons for the decisions, and it is not likely to placate the club or the supporters.
As reported by the BBC, the SFA’s panel which reviewed the decision felt that Flanagan’s incident with Brown did not meet the ‘brutality’ test which awards a player a red card.
That does seem a bit odd when you consider that it looked like Flanagan struck the Celtic captain. The fact that referee Kevin Clancy booked Flanagan only adds to the intrigue.
Club may consider matter done
It will be interesting to see if the Hoops decide to make another statement on the matter. They may decide that it is time to let the matter rest.
The SFA’s publishing of the reasons behind the incident came out of the blue, weeks after the game had taken place.
That could have caught the Hoops off-guard. That may well be the reason why as yet no reply has come from the club.
Perhaps from the club’s point of view it is best to move on and forget the incident. That doesn’t mean that the supporters will forget the decision though.
They won’t be satisfied with that the SFA had to say.