It’s amazing where new information comes from.
Every single one of us who watched that last night were appalled at the camera angle which was released to justify chopping off Jota’s goal. We all thought that it could not possibly be the best angle from which to show the incident.
Amazingly, when Motherwell’s goal was scrutinised later the published image was clearer, and showed the ubiquitous offside lines. So why, we wondered, wasn’t such a camera angle available to us on the other side of the pitch?
Was the technology really that bad? Was there really not one available?
According to the Motherwell chairman, who spoke about this tonight, there were several other angles that we could have been shown. Why weren’t we? Was the referee given a better angle to look at? Will the better angle ever be publicly made available so that we could get a clear answer once and for all? Will the SFA grant a request on those lines?
“We facilitate the Scottish FA in placing them where they feel is most appropriate,” Burrows said. “There were a few site visits by SFA, and Hawkeye and 18-yard positions were selected in both halves. We even got one upgraded. Both were in operation last night.”
The important fact is now known; the footage has to exist.
It has to have been looked at by the SFA officials who were on duty.
Is there a good reason why that was not released to the press at the time? We are speculating, of course … but does that footage show that it’s a goal? We are fully entitled to pose that question.
What is going on here?
Tonight Celtic has asked that very question.
We know that the biggest problem here is not the technology but those who are charged with operating it. This has ever been our concern, and everything we have seen so far has made that concern more than justified.
Motherwell’s chairman has really put the cat amongst the pigeons tonight in helping to clarify for us what we all suspected; we could have gotten a clearer view of that incident last night than we were given, and the question we all are asking – the fans, the Celtic social media sites and now, finally the club itself – is why we didn’t we?
If it shows that the player was offside then, as the manager says, so be it and that’s what the technology is used for.
If it was used as a fig leaf for – or worse, a justification for – a bad decision then we’re entitled to be very pissed off indeed and to demand that heads roll for that.
Tonight, Celtic has demanded answers to some of the questions we’ve asked in this piece.
The SFA is under real pressure at last … and that is why so many of us wanted this technology in the first place, and it’s why we believe that, ultimately, it will lead to more justice in the game.