Report: Celtic behind plan to bring foreign refs to Scotland

By John Reid

February 20, 2019

Celtic want foreign referees to officiate in Scottish football, according to a report.

The Daily Record has revealed that a meeting took place between the SFA and the 12 Premiership sides regarding the standard of refereeing. One of things considered was bringing in foreign referees.

Hoops ‘driving force’ behind plan

The report goes on to claim that the Hoops are the ‘driving force’ behind bringing in referees from abroad. It also points out that some other clubs are also in favour of this plan.

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If this happens, it will be the first time since 2010 that non-Scottish officials have taken charge of games.

Back in 2010 the referees in Scotland went on strike for a week, and officials came from abroad to referee the matches in the Premiership that week.

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It will be interesting to see the reaction of Scottish referees should this plan come to fruition. You would have to imagine that they aren’t going to be very happy about it.

Compliance officer also discussed

The future role of the compliance officer was also discussed at the meeting, after a serious of controversial incidents this season.

The Hoops were particularly unhappy when Alfredo Morelos avoided censure for a number of incidents in the Old Firm game in December, and released a statement on the matter.

There has been some poor decisions involving referees this season. It is good to see the Hoops taking the lead on the matter. If they can push through the change the game needs in Scotland in another matter completely.