Ex-Fifa official issues Borna Barisic injustice claim as controversial Rangers footage emerges - 'Crikey'
The referee was right not to award Dundee United a penalty for Borna Barisic’s challenge on Tony Watt as they lost 2-1 to Rangers on Saturday (17 September), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League praised Kevin Clancy for his “brilliant” positioning when judging the incident.
As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, Watt went down when Barisic came from behind to challenge for the ball just inside the penalty area.
With the Gers 1-0 up at the beginning of the second half, Clancy waved away Dundee United’s appeals as the ball ran away for a goal kick.
Antonio Colak doubled his side’s lead four minutes later before Liam Smith got one back just before the hour mark.
“Crikey me, the referee’s in a great position,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“I think because the player has made a meal of it, that’s why he’s not got the penalty kick.
“But look, the guy who has made the decision is in an absolutely brilliant position. You can’t fault his position and he’s seen it.
“I’m always suspicious when a player puts two hands in the air, it’s almost a signal to say ‘I’ve fouled him’.
“What sells this for me is the referee’s position. He’s in a better position than the camera, so credit to him for being in that position, it’s brilliant.
“Football is in a contact game. It’s easier for the referee to give a penalty than it’s not. He’s given himself thinking time, for me, I’m going with the referee on that.”