The least surprising news of the week came today when the SFA decided to support Walsh’s decision to send off Ryan Porteous at Ibrox at the weekend. You’ll notice that no case has been opened against Lundstram either, for what was a very similar challenge.
There was no chance at all that the SFA was going to reverse this one.
That would have meant taking a proper look at the referee and his history, including having sent off Porteous against the Ibrox club before. Even if you take football bias out of the equation, can we agree that there might be some sort of preconceived one?
And of course, there are other possible motivations, which I’ll talk about later.
There doesn’t have to be bias for a decision to be corrupt, and there are some decisions which are crying out to be given a closer look. That two similar tackles in the same game are dealt with in diametrically opposed ways raises questions. None were ever going to be answered here.
Which other club is at the centre of so many of these incidents so consistently? We were barely out of the last one, where Madden refused to send their keeper off as the last man against Dundee, before we were discussing this shocker.
In the meantime, disquiet grows about how our own games are refereed.
Alan Morrison of Celtic By Numbers did a truly jaw-dropping review of this for Phil the other day, and fouls given against us, on a possession adjusted basis, are up 280% on last season … that’s an incredible statistic and it’s too steep a number to be happenstance.
Something stinks. Are we not meant to ask what?
Nobody wants to have this debate; it’s like I said before, they would rather not know.
They would rather that we went through this charade every now and again, pretending to have a clean game, pretending to have an association that takes its responsibilities for assuring that seriously.
So no, I wasn’t surprised by this decision, not even a little. Indeed, the only thing less surprising was Marvin Bartley still being in a job today.
Another responsibility they don’t take seriously.