Brendan Rodgers to attend a crunch meeting with referees - Report

By David Walton

January 17, 2019

Brendan Rodgers will tonight attend a crunch meeting with the top referees in Scotland, according to the Daily Record.

The Hoops manager was incensed with the performance of John Beaton in last month’s Glasgow Derby. Despite a string of Alfredo Morelos sending-off incidents occurring, Beaton refused to even speak to the Colombian. That’s despite the fact he seen all three incidents at the time.

The referees have been disappointed with the lack of backing they’ve been getting from the SFA. A report earlier this month stated that a couple had felt hung out to dry by the SFA. Beaton was one of them.

John Beaton made several horrendous decisions in last month’s Glasgow Derby (Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Now, however, the Chief Executive of the governing body, Ian Maxwell, has summoned a meeting for tonight. It’s expected that the likes of Craig Levein and Steven Gerrard will also attend. These are two other manager who can’t stop moaning about referees when results don’t go their way.

Only two referees will attend the meeting

Yet, ridiculously, only two top-flight referees will be in attendance. There will also apparently be a host of other members from the “referee department” as well as Compliance Officer Clare Whyte.

The idea of the meeting is simply to clear the air between everyone. A host of incidents this season has relationships between referees and clubs at an all-time low. The performances of the officials are consistently poor in Scotland, and clubs are getting fed up of it.

There was also a referee’s summit in Edinburgh last week. It wouldn’t be surprising if issues brought up during that day are spoken about tonight.

Rodgers will be joined by Steven Gerrard at tonight’s meeting (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But it would’ve been sensible for the SFA to demand all Premiership referees attend the meeting. Clubs deserve answers for certain decisions this season, and Celtic in particular won’t get what they’re after if Beaton doesn’t attend.

It’s a good move by Maxwell of course. He genuinely wants to just clear the air and increase the relationship between clubs and referees.

At this stage, however, that looks a real long shot.