SFA shock response to Rangers decision predictable but ‘deeply worrying’

SFA shock response to Rangers decision predictable but ‘deeply worrying’
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 08: Michael Beale, Head Coach of Rangers FC, reacts during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park on April 08, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The reaction to the SFA’s ruling last night has been as predictable as the ruling itself, following the Scottish Football Association not only deflecting the furore over Nick Walsh and Kevin Clancy’s diabolical decision via way of a ‘death threats’ story but now going further too.

As you will now know, not only are Rangers not getting an apology from the governing body over the shambolic error from both referees and the failure of the assistant officials’ use of VAR, not only that, but the SFA have indeed predictably stuck by their guns and completely defended and supported the referees’ decision.

Corruption? It is such an ugly and easy word to use ‘when you don’t get your way’ and regulars to Ibrox Noise, as we said at the weekend, know we’ve been fairer towards referees than most and have actually defended the likes of Willie Collum etc before.

But for a clear and obvious error to be defended as the correct decision moves beyond ‘disgraceful’ and does make you wonder who influenced who in order to ensure this farcical decision, which was even condemned by some of the most King Timmeries you’ve ever heard of, carried through.

It’s not just awful enough that Clancy made the error in the first place, it’s not just worse than VAR insisted on doubling down on this ridiculous mistake and affirming it to be correct, it’s now absolutely decrepit how the governing body lacks the honesty to admit the error and apologise, and has instead decided a blatant act of ‘mistake’ is in fact completely correct.

That not a single soul outside of cheating Johnston and a few brass neck timmeries actually think this was a foul, and that includes many Celtic fans who at least are being honest even if they’re mocking the whole thing, tells you everything.

And the SFA have dug their heels in, revealing they think the blatant error was correct.

Corruption? We’re loathe to go there, we never have before, but we really, really wonder what drove the decision to sustain a blatant error and revise history by claiming the decision was correct.

We hate the idea of dishonesty, that our game is being tarnished by influence in places it should not be. We’ve accepted Celtic people are in positions of too much power in our country and have been for a while now, but never held court to the idea they were using that influence in nefarious ways.

We are still reluctant to.

But for the governing body to come out and effectively say water is dry, the sky is purple, or the earth is flat is just worrying. Very, very worrying.

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