By Matt Farr
Former whistleblower Charlie Richmond believes referee Bobby Madden was right not to award Celtic a late penalty against Rangers on Sunday.
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths felt aggrieved that he was not awarded a penalty for a challenge from defender Clint Hill, with just minutes left to run on the clock.
But Richmond wrote in the Daily Record that Madden had made the correct decision, despite Hill admitting to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers that he had ‘got away with it’.
Richmond insisted that Hill made contact with the ball before bringing Griffiths to the ground, having studied the incident repeatedly.
He wrote: “Video evidence shows he got the call right by the finest of margins. It was not a penalty.
“I’ve studied the incident repeatedly, analysed it on freeze frame like a forensic examiner working on a crime scene – and the evidence shows Hill did make contact with the ball before he crashed into Leigh Griffiths.
“Only by a matter of millimetres, mind you. But the key thing here is contact, no matter how slight, was made and it was enough to deviate the path of the ball Griffiths was in the process of chasing down.”
Ex-Premier League official Dermot Gallagher, on the other hand, believes Madden made the wrong decision and should have awarded a penalty to Celtic.
The penalty decision was a defining moment in the game, as it could have seen Celtic handed an opportunity to win the game with just minutes left to play.
But the decision to wave play on saw the latest Old Firm derby clash finish level at 1-1, with goals from Stuart Armstrong and one of the men at the heart of the controversy, Hill.