The absurdity of SFA system has just been brought to light and it's Celtic who lost out

By John McGinley

December 9, 2021

You may have missed yesterday’s news that Calum Butcher will serve a 3-match suspension for his tackle on Celtic David Turnbull.

All well and good at first glance. We need to eradicate these kinds of challenges from the game and the suspension is fully deserved. Except, it’s not really good enough from the Scottish FA and officials is it?

Everyone recognises that mistakes will occur from referees. Yet, when an incident is so blatant, as the Butcher tackle on Turnbull was – is it acceptable for the SFA to gloss over it with retrospective action?

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Celtic miss out on playing against ten men, while our rivals in the division including Rangers, get the benefit of Dundee United being a man short from their squad for the next couple of weeks.

The SFA meanwhile get to move on with little mainstream scrutiny. Just another mistake in a litany of them this season that is forgotten about.

At some point, Scottish football has to take VAR seriously. Not just talk about it, but start to implement it.

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I recognise that some Celtic fans don’t think VAR will improve much but if you think of this incident in isolation – Butcher almost certainly gets a red card, the Bhoys rightly benefit and the Dundee United man is given his suspension.

Ultimately it benefits Don Robertson too, who gets to verify his own mistake on the pitch with a review of the incident. If he decides that wasn’t a red card then we all know he deserves to be fully scrutinised in the days afterwards, rather than the excuse of not seeing it.

Retrospective action is much easier to accept when it comes seconds after the initial decision. Unfortunately, in this case, it has come days later and in 2021 it’s all rather absurd.

This time it’s Celtic who are on the rough edge of an outdated disciplinary system.

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