Former Celtic star and current BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has launched a blistering attack on the standard of officiating after the Hoops beat Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday afternoon.
A goal from Kyle Lafferty had given the home side the lead but Brendan Rodgers’ men fought back to secure the three points, Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele turning the game on its head before Scott Sinclair put the icing on the cake with a goal in stoppage time.
However it was not a clash without controversy, with Hearts seeing a goal disallowed, and a number of incidents involving the referee and his time which caused much discussion between fans and pundits.
Speaking out on his own personal Twitter account, Sutton blasted the officials, insisting they had got several decisions wrong during the 90 minutes, but that the right team had come away with a win.
He said: “Here is the truth.. Hearts goal should have stood… Boyata goal offside…Naismith should’ve got 2 reds… Adao should have got 2nd yellow! Celtic deserved to win.”
Here is the truth.. Hearts goal should have stood… Boyata goal offside…Naismith should’ve got 2 reds… Adao should have got 2nd yellow! Celtic deserved to win🏆⚽️ https://t.co/27kHkC4r31
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 6, 2018
Football Insider verdict
This is not the first time that the standard of referees in the Scottish top flight has come under fire by either fans or pundits, or both, and it is unlikely to be the last. Whether it has been situations where players should have seen red cards, or have been sent off unnecessarily, there has been no shortage of talking points – just look at how many decisions have been overturned on appeal. Really there is no excuse for such a lack of consistency from the men in black but no matter how much the likes of Sutton publicise their apparent errors, there has been little change. Will that change any time soon? Only if those at the top choose to take action, be it in the form of increased training or stricter requirements. Otherwise fans will have to make do with seeing an error or two made by those blowing the whistle.
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