Motherwell manager delivers two-word verdict about Celtic penalty controversy
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson wants to “move on” following the controversial matches against Celtic this week.
The sides have played each other twice this week, with Celtic winning the Betfred Cup Final 2-0 at Hampden Park on Sunday, and a 1-1 draw at Fir Park on Wednesday night.
Celtic have been awarded penalties in both games against the Fir Park side this week, which led to Motherwell releasing a statement about the decisions last night.
The Betfred Cup Final incident saw Cedric Kipre sent-off for a foul on Scott Sinclair that many people thought was a dive, Moussa Dembele scoring the resulting penalty to make the score 2-0 and end the game as a meaningful contest.
The league game at Fir Park saw Motherwell on the verge of ending Celtic’s long unbeaten domestic run, until in the 87th minute of the game Andy Rose was penalised for barging into Callum McGregor in the penalty box. Scott Sinclair scored the penalty to ensure that Celtic’s unbeaten run stretched to 66 games.
Robinson says that the decision to release the statement had nothing to do with him though.
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“That’s for the people above me. I’m expecting nothing. Let’s be honest, Celtic won the cup and we’re not going to change that,” he told the Daily Record.
“They came back and took a point the other night, we took a point off the champions. That’s facts and we’re not going to change it.
“Nobody’s spoken about the fact that we took a point off the champions and were very unlucky not to get three points. The final was very close up until a decision changed the game.
“Nobody’s spoken about the football, just the controversial aspects and decisions.”
Celtic and Motherwell play each other again tomorrow at Celtic Park, as the teams meet for the third time in a week.
The teams aren’t scheduled to play each other again until the 17th of March, which must come as a relief after this week.