By Keith Hackett

7th Dec, 2021 | 7:00am

Ex-Premier League referee: SFA should be hit with SFA punishment after controversial Celtic footage emerges

The Scottish FA should fine Kyogo Furuhashi if he continues to try and cheat the referee with play acting while representing Celtic.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Kyogo’s theatrics.

Twitter user @durko92 compiled a video of the Celtic striker going to ground easily after slight challenges.

The latest came last week (2 December) when he fell after seemingly pulling on the arm of a Hearts player.

The most high-profile incident came when he won Celtic a penalty after a slap to the head from Livingston’s Ayo Obileye.

“Incidents like this tarnish the image of the game,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Players have a duty of care towards each other. They are footballers, they play with their feet. When a player places his hand on an opponent’s neck or above he is, in effect, he is moving into the area of endangering the safety of his opponent. Even a slap of this nature on the back of the head is totally and utterly acceptable.

“But Kyogo has gone down exaggerating. Both of these players should be informed that their behaviour is unacceptable.

“If I was the Scottish FA, I’d be looking to call both of these players in and fine them.

“Look, I think, generally, the referees have got this under control and I think the Scottish FA need to tighten it up. They need to remind players they are responsible for the image of the game.”

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