Ronny Deila caught up in knockout refereeing chaos; he has experience of that from Celtic days

By John McGinley

November 23, 2020

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila found himself drawn into refereeing absurdity over the weekend as his New York City FC side went out of the Major League Soccer playoffs against Orlando City.

A penalty shootout determined the winners of the contest, but not before some of the most ridiculous officiating ever seen on a football pitch.

Referee Allen Chapman completely lost control of the spot-kicks, sending off goalkeeper Pedro Gallese with a second yellow card for coming off his line after saving a penalty.

Gallese thought he’d won the match.

Substitute goalkeeper Brian Rowe was then brought on, before VAR determined it was an illegal substitution, meaning he had to come back off.

More chaos awaited, with Orlando’s players celebrating too early when the shoot-out was tied at 5-5.

Ultimately Deila’s side were knocked out, with the Florida team moving into the conference semi-finals.

It was a defender, Rodrigo Schlegel, who was the hero, unbelievably saving a penalty.

You can see a full clip of the drama via Sky Sports.

Deila has had his fair share of refereeing drama as a manager, most notoriously seeing a treble slip through his fingers after a ridiculous handball incident against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the 2015 Scottish Cup final.

Josh Meekings clearly put his arm to the ball, but it was not spotted by referee Steven McLean or his additional assistant Alan Muir.

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This time, the advantage appeared to be with Deila’s New York team, but they could not progress.

The Norwegian cult hero has been a head coach in MLS since January and it’ll be interesting to see what his future holds now their season is over.