Jota’s goal last night is the point where, for a lot of us, the scales fell from our eyes. The technology should have made that decision easy, and beyond dispute. But the technology apparently failed to offer a clear picture. For the Motherwell goal, it had one. For our chopped off second we only had a dreadful view shot from the back of a stand.
Fan footage has since done a better job of showing you the correct angle.
So did the technology fail or did those using it simply not want to show that run from the proper angle because it would have put it beyond all doubt? We were totally done over last night and for many, that’s the moment where we stop believing that VAR is going to do us good. Instead it is going to be used against us every chance its operators get.
Incredibly – or perhaps not – the media has turned this into a debate about whether our second goal should have counted because the throw in error made by Motherwell led directly to it. There was debate on the TV last night about whether our player was “on the pitch.”
Honestly, it’s ridiculous. The part the ball hit was clearly on the pitch, since the guy wasn’t throwing the ball backwards into the stand. This bitching is designed to make Motherwell seem hard done by and to give the appearance that bad decisions went both ways.
Celtic’s second is a goal. So is the one we didn’t get. That the press has chosen to focus on this obvious nonsense gives away their true intent; they do not want criticism of officials, especially those who are behind the scenes scrutinising incidents.
If these are the fabled “teething problems” we were told might happen, isn’t it a coincidence that all of them have gone against one club? Added to that is the Mickey Mouse system we seem to have implemented; a far cry from that used in England.
This is becoming a joke and the media is helping that along by failing to offer these incidents, and the men responsible for them, proper scrutiny.
This was what most of us believed that VAR would deliver; it would give these people no place to hide if they made decisions which were obviously, and shockingly, wrong. But the alibis are being laid out for them, and the technology itself is being used in a way which seeks to blame its limitations rather than anything else.
But the real problem is at the SFA, where it’s always been, and a virulent anti-Celtic bias which can be seen as the guiding hand behind some of these abysmal calls.