By Keith Hackett

1st Aug, 2022 | 5:15pm

Ex-Fifa official issues Celtic injustice claim as controversial Reo Hatate footage emerges

The referee was right not to award Celtic a penalty for Anthony Stewart’s challenge on Reo Hatate as they beat Aberdeen 2-0 on Sunday (31 July), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Stewart fell into Hatate and there was not enough contact for a spot-kick to be awarded.

As shown on Sportscene, the pair went for a loose ball just inside the penalty area and Hatate went down under Stewart’s challenge after getting a weak shot away.

Referee Nick Walsh, who was well placed on the edge of the penalty area, waved away Celtic’s appeals and the game continued.

“I didn’t see this as a penalty kick, to be honest,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It would have been a very harsh call. On that clip that I saw, the referee is, again, well positioned.

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“The defender falls into him. He’s fallen, from the knee down he’s on the deck and can’t turn.

“For me, I don’t think that’s sufficient. I go with the referee.

“Players do fall down, fall over, get pushed and all that goes with it. In my opinion, that doesn’t warrant a penalty kick.

“He falls over. I’m going with the referee.”

The Hoops were winning 1-0 at the time of the incident before Jota scored a stunning goal to double their lead.

They are now top of the Scottish Premiership and are next in action at the weekend (6 August) when they visit Ross County.

In other news, a medial insider has revealed Aaron Mooy may not be fit for “three months” amid the latest from Celtic.