Date: 8th January 2020 at 8:05am
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Celtic have issued a strongly worded statement calling into question the “lack of consistency” in the SFA’s disciplinary procedures after Ryan Christie received a three match ban for an incident in the Glasgow derby.

The main controversy surrounding Christie’s ban is that “victim” Alfredo Morelos committed a similar offence last season only to escape punishment because the match official on the day, John Beaton, saw the incident and deemed it not worthy of further punishment, The Daily Record has printed an article explaining the justification of the SFA’s recent actions but it will have done little to appease Hoops fans.

The compliance officer’s role has been under constant scrutiny to the extent that the SFA had to clarify Clare Whyte’s role in their procedures, although Celtic feel the current system isn’t fit for purpose, they stopped short of echoing Rangers claims for the introduction of VAR.

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Despite the ban not affecting Christie’s availability due to him undergoing groin surgery after the clash against Rangers, fans of the Parkhead club took to Twitter to vent their anger at not only the governing body but at their own board’s reluctance to really make a stand at the perceived injustice.

The SFA have contacted member clubs to garner opinion on the introduction of VAR, in it’s current guise it may be clumsy but at least it would give greater assistance to Scottish referees and remove the subjective nature of their current, and flawed, system.

 

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