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Welcome To Celtic And Scotland Moritz, Where The Press Tries To Get You Banned.

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What a weekend it has been for Moritz Jenz.

He has made his full debut for Celtic and scored a critical goal in it. This was a guy whose dream move to France turned into a nightmare last season, and who is enjoying his football again.

What a response he’s had from our fans. Instant hero status. What a reception he’s had from the Scottish media and the “refereeing fraternity.” Headlines saying that he deserved to be sent off for the ghastly act of celebrating his crucial goal.

What a small-minded parochial wee hell hole this is at times.

There is always something for these clowns to grab hold of, some way to either minimise anything that our club does or to score cheap points against us.

“Lenz should be missing the next two games” scream these yahoos, who talk a good game about promoting the joy of the sport but salivate over the idea that our central defender should have had his full debut and his moment of triumph tarnished.

I hope he’s not reading the headlines.

He’ll not be able to believe them.

He won’t be able to believe that there are people in this country who, if the SFA had the power for an “offence” such as that, would be clamouring for a retrospective punishment because he got lost in his moment of joy and celebrated it with our fans.

The rule is ridiculous and it has always been ridiculous.

That it’s not actually codified by something that’s left to the referees discretion is equally daft.

We all have our issues with Robertson, but had he wanted to he could have sent Lenz off … that’s a fact whether we like it or not. That he didn’t was the best bit of judgement he’s showed in ages.

Welcome to Scotland, Mortiz. Those of us who follow this club are going to love you. Watch out for everyone else. If you think that’s paranoid, look at the headlines, and learn fast.

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16 comments

  • Terry Thomas says:

    It’s surprising they judge Mortiz not one reporter or newspaper or TV broadcast mentioned the Morelos off side goal

    • Seppington says:

      I’m not surprised in the least when it comes to the blue-tinted specs brigade of the SMSM. Bitter, bitter huns to the core.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Yes, it’s a ridiculous rule, but nevertheless it is still a rule and he will have to learn that pretty quickly if he is intending to score more goals for the hoops. I hope he has read the negative headlines, for the next time he will not get away with it.

  • Jimmy R says:

    1st. If he did cop a ban it would only be 1 game as there was no violent conduct involved.
    2nd. Players will not be cautioned for going into the crowd if their momentum from the goal scoring act took them into the fans close behind the goal. I think Moritz got a generous interpretation of that from Mr Robertson, who gave generous interpretations of the tackle laws to the County players all match long. In the build up to Celtic’s first goal the County players were desperate for him to penalise them so that they could reset their defence. Taylor and Jota stayed on their feet and Kyogo finished with aplomb.

  • Dinger says:

    Only sevco are allowed to take off their shirts run to the fans and crowd the referee

  • Roonsa says:

    Dear Lord. I thought you were on the wind up when I read this story. But one quick google of “Daily Record Jenz Moritz” and it’s the first story shown.

    “I don’t agree with the law but ……” equates to

    “I’m not a bigot but …..”

    Fuck them all. Hun cunts.

    • Roonsa says:

      BTW …. I know we were wary of Don Robertson before the game but I think he actually reffed the game pretty well. Any takers on that one?

      • Seppington says:

        Did you miss the brutal tackle on Taylor (iirc) that happened before one of the goals? Allowed play to continue but never went back to even speak to the county thug. Robertson is a clown that isn’t fit to referee a game of dominoes.

  • Benjamin says:

    I was actually a bit confused with all the controversy after the match. All the whining and complaining seemed to come from Glasgow rather than the highlands which tells you all you really need to know. But I decided to look up the rule on FIFA’s website for myself. Robertson got the call right and it’s not even that controversial of a decision. There are several reasons why a yellow should be given for excessive celebration:
    * taking off your shirt (Abada!)
    * covering your head or face (Lustig! Haha)
    * making an obscene gesture.
    * creating a safety or security concern.

    That last one is vague enough where a yellow could be justified on pretty much ever goal if the referee was looking for an excuse to give one. But any sensible interpretation would involve trouble with opposing team fans and/or a pitch invasion.

    The last thing to mention is that part of the so-called justification for issuing a second yellow was because Jenz went into the stands. But there’s a problem with that rationale on two grounds: (1) the rule EXPLICITLY states that leaving the pitch is NOT automatic grounds for a caution unless one of the other factors is present, and (2) if one watches the replay, Jenz’s feet never leave the pitch. He’s standing *NEXT TO* the stand behind the goal but never steps over the railing.

    • Roonsa says:

      Great comment. Give this man a biscuit.

      • Mark B says:

        Pitch in this context means white lines inside which the match is played. He left the pitch if he went over the goal line. But it is a crazy rule in a game that’s all about entertainment.

  • James McGlone says:

    Excellent article. However, the laws of the game do not actually state that a player should be booked for running off the pitch after a goal. The IFAB laws of the game for 2022-2023 actually state “Players can celebrate when a goal is scored, but the celebration must not be excessive; choreographed celebrations are not encouraged and must not causeexcessive time-wasting.
    Leaving the field of play to celebrate a goal is not a cautionable offence but
    players should return as soon as possible.
    A player must be cautioned, even if the goal is disallowed, for:
    •?climbing onto a perimeter fence and/or approaching the spectators in
    a manner which causes safety and/or security issues
    •?acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way
    •?covering the head or face with a mask or other similar item
    •?removing the shirt or covering the head with the shirt”
    There were no safety concerns caused by big Moritz running to the fans cos it’s a tiny wee stand, therefore the ref made the correct call. Also explains why Abada got booked, cos he took off his shirt. Don Robertson got two things right! Woo Hoo!
    What is quite depressing (but not surprising) is when ex-refs in the media are sleekit and don’t mention that the laws of the game allow for interpretation of certain incidents. It took me 5 mins out of my work day to google this. Why can’t any of the MSM journalists manage such a feat of research when it is their actual job?
    Hail Hail and Up The Celts

  • Grocer2 says:

    Why does any self respecting fan of our club even give that rag our any of the other gutter press a second glance .stick to the fan blogs please

  • John S says:

    ‘Tis the season where leg-breakers go unpunished by shirt stirrers.

  • Frankie says:

    All the empty heids are wanting to have a go at our club and players,if we keep winning we can stay in our Celtic bubble and not bother about the trash.

  • Martin H. says:

    Can’t see Robrtson doing us a favour he’s that inept probably made a balls up.

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