By Alan Hutton

8th Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

Celtic victims of major injustice as Alexandro Bernabei footage emerges - pundit

Alan Hutton has insisted Dundee United should not have been awarded a penalty against Celtic on Saturday (5 November).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers right-back said Alexandro Bernabei’s arm was in a natural position and the handball decision should not have gone against him.

As shown on the Sky Sports (5 November), Dundee United were awarded a penalty after Steven Fletcher’s header struck Bernabei’s hand in the box.

Referee David Dickinson did not initially point to the spot but VAR official Nick Walsh instructed the official to have another look at the incident and the spot kick was awarded.

The Hoops went on to win the game 4-2 with two injury time goals.

Hutton insisted the referee made the wrong decision.

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I think it is incredibly harsh,” he told Football Insider.

You can actually see that he is going up to try and head the ball powerfully to try and get rid of it. So he has put everything into it and it has been flicked on over his head. He has not had time to react.

Fletcher has obviously had a headed shot on target but you can tell he has not meant it. Bernabei’s arm was behind him in a natural position for me because he is trying to put power in it and it has hit his hand.

I think it is a really poor decision. You want consistency using VAR and it is just not there. Hopefully it will come through time but that could have cost Celtic, luckily it did not but it was a poor decision.

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