Latest SFA controversy as ‘trial by TV’ ramps up

Latest SFA controversy as ‘trial by TV’ ramps up
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 23: A general view inside the stadium prior to the Betfred Cup Semi-Final match between St Johnstone and Hibernian at Hampden Park on January 23, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As we alluded to earlier, the ‘trial by TV’ blight that is plaguing sport in general and not just football ramped up significantly following Alfredo Morelos’ stamp and Kemar Roofe’s reckless tackle.

It’s not about the validity or otherwise of these tackles/citations, it’s the fact that Rangers players are being hauled over the coals thanks to ‘private citizens’ making sure everything our players do is charged or monitored.

Of course, with Morelos it was Sky and Andy Walker who simply couldn’t let it go, kept on going on about it and rather forced the Compliance Officer’s hand.

But as Sky man Kris Boyd pointed out, pity how the powers that be don’t seem to enact the same authority on others.

And then there was Roofe – like Morelos no defence for it, even though it wasn’t malicious, but once again trial by TV as video after replay appeared in highlights and social media accounts ensuring this moment was handled by whoever the Compliance Officer is these days.

True, Celtic also have a player being cited, in Ajeti for simulation, but we highly doubt anything will come of it.

Our point?

The Compliance Officer disciplinary system is an abject mess, but the trialing by TV isn’t helping matters.

It’s just a bunch of wee grasses, in truth, on all sides of the football divide, determined to get rivals punished.

It muddies the waters and adds pressure from little telltales with nothing better to do.

Do we like Celtic suffering? Of course we do. And there’s no denying there’s more of this happening from them to us than vice versa.

It needs, frankly to stop.

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  1. Thy don’t want as specialy because we are bk winning upsetting the topman at stike force against the famous glasgow rangers but as we say no surrender

  2. It appears to me that Rangers games are officiated by a referee, 2 linesmen and a 4th official. If they miss anything then you can be sure Ian Crocker, Andy Wanker and whatever other Ceptic minded person Sky have on their panel. As insurance they have Michael Stewart and whatever other Ceptic minded person Sportscene highlight show have on their panel to put them right. And if all that fails we have the usual mix of Sutton, Hartson, Provan, Commons and Nicholas all shouting from their various media platforms the next day. And if none of that works we can rely on a Ceptic season ticket holding Compliance Officer to refer the matter to a faceless, unknown and unnamed “Panel of Referees”. And you wonder if this will stop?

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