By Keith Hackett

1st Nov, 2021 | 8:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee slams Obileye as controversial Celtic footage emerges

Ayo Obileye was “silly” to get sent off and give away a penalty in Livingston’s 0-0 draw with Celtic, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted some might feel the decision was “soft” but you cannot raise your arms to the head of an opponent in football.

Obileye was given his marching orders when he appeared to slap the back of Kyogo Furuhashi’s head in the penalty area in the closing stages of Saturday’s game.

Giorgos Giakoumakis then had the subsequent spot-kick saved as the Hoops missed the opportunity to go top of the Scottish Premiership.

As quoted by BBC Sport, David Martindale insisted it would have been an “injustice” if the penalty went in.

It would have been a temporary stay at the top for Celtic as Rangers thumped Motherwell 6-1 at Fir Park on Sunday.

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The Gers are now four points clear of their Glasgow rivals at the top of the table.

“It’s a silly action by the player – you can’t do that,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Hands and arms around the head is a dangerous scenario. You can’t do that in football.

“People might think it’s soft but you can’t do that. That’s silly from the player, you’ve got to have discipline.

“The referee’s in a good position again.”

Giakoumakis is Celtic’s designated penalty taker but was not on the pitch last time they were awarded a spot-kick.

Josip Juranovic scored from 12-yards in the Bhoys’ 2-0 win over St. Johnstone at Celtic Park in October.

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