'I couldn't believe it': Celtic star delivers verdict on Ross County controversy
By Matt Farr
Celtic star Kieran Tierney has called for Ross County’s Alex Schalk to be handed a two-match ban following a controversial incident on Sunday.
Schalk was adjudged to have been fouled by Celtic’s Erik Sviatchenko in the box to earn Ross County a late penalty when the two sides met in the Scottish Premiership, despite there being minimal contact.
The controversial decision by referee Don Robertson allowed Liam Boyce to earn the home side a point in a 2-2 draw, much to the anger of Celtic.
A number of Celtic figures have since heavily criticised the decision, including left-back Tierney, who insisted that Schalk had thrown himself to the floor in attempt to fool the officials.
As quoted by the Daily Record, he admitted that he ‘could not believe’ the decision to award a penalty, and called for the Ross County player to earn a two-match ban.
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Hearts winger Jamie Walker had been hit with a two-match ban for simulation in a match against Celtic earlier this season, and Tierney believes Schalk should face the same punishment.
He said: “It’s disappointing, especially with the way it all ended and the decision which gave County a penalty. I knew straight away it was a dive.
“It was the same kind of thing with Jamie Walker when we played Hearts. But this incident was more obvious. Walker was banned for it but it’s not up to me. It should be the same rule for every player.
“I couldn’t believe it when the referee gave the penalty, everyone was so surprised. The linesman had a great view and was standing straight in line with it.”
The controversial decision denied Celtic a second consecutive victory following their 3-1 triumph over Kilmarnock a week ago.
Tierney had given Celtic the lead after 34 minutes with a thunderous strike from range, before Michael Gardyne nodded home an equaliser.
Patrick Roberts put the visitors back in front with just over 10 minutes still to play, firing under the body of goalkeeper Scott Fox.
But then came Sviatchenko’s alleged ‘foul’ on Boyce, to hand Ross County only their fifth point from a possible 12 this month.
To make matters even worse for Celtic, captain Scott Brown was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Boyce in the dying moments.
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