SFA backs ref after he overturned Celtic penalty
The Scottish Football Association ruled Friday that a referee
was correct to overturn a penalty decision on the advice of the
linesman who has since quit over the fallout from the incident.
Referee Dougie McDonald changed his mind on the award of a
penalty to Celtic in an Oct. 17 Scottish Premier League match
against Dundee United after linesman Steven Craven told him he did
not think an offense had been committed.
The SFA said the referee’s match report ”was not completed to
the expected standard” but that he had acted correctly.
”It was important to thoroughly investigate the matter,” SFA
chief executive Stewart Regan said. ”I am satisfied with the
outcome of today’s meeting and the clarity of the findings.”
McDonald told an SFA referee committee inquiry that he realized
immediately he had made an error and that Craven’s advice confirmed
his suspicion. He awarded a drop ball to restart the game, which
Celtic won 2-1.
But Craven resigned after he and his family were abused by fans
for his part in the incident.
”The pressure placed on referees has intensified in this
country in recent years and the last few weeks have highlighted the
immense strain placed on our top officials and their families,”
Scottish Senior Football Referees Association chairman Martin