Scottish referee Kevin Clancy won’t officiate any game in Scotland’s top four leagues this weekend after a shocking performance in the match between Hibernian and Celtic last Saturday. (Evening Times)
Clancy had several high-profile errors, for both teams, as Neil Lennon’s men dropped their first points of the league season at Easter Road. The Hoops had two strong claims for similar penalties turned down in the second-half with both Moritz Bauer and Ryan Christie clearly upended.
In addition to that Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham was perhaps fortunate to avoid a red card for an altercation with Hibs’ Josh Vela while Paul Heckingbottom was also sent off for kicking a water bottle at a linesman.
It was a very worrying performance from Clancy and it seems no coincidence that he has been taken off officiating duty this weekend.
Celtic and Clancy may not meet for some time
Fans often complain that referees are not duly punished for poor performances. They cite examples of players being dropped after making big mistakes and wonder why the same doesn’t apply to our officials. On the most part they are right to do so, but this is a good step taken by the SFA.
Clancy had an absolute shocker for both teams. Beyond the aforementioned high-profile errors there were also several confusing decisions in his performance that seemed to leave players just as bewildered as fans.
It will be interesting to see if and when he next manages a Celtic or Hibernian match. The SFA have previous for keeping certain clubs and officials apart and they may see fit to do so again here.
But fans will just be glad to know that officials are as accountable as players and managers.