Ian Maxwell continues to make the papers today, defending his organisation and their shoddy form of decision making.
His defence of VAR as “doing what it’s supposed to do” genuinely stunned a lot of us yesterday, and today he’s claiming that the Jota “offside” decision is correct and that it proves that the technology is working.
If I were him I’d give the lens a wipe and watch that goal again, because he’s not offside and nobody has produced a single camera angle or actual piece of evidence which will convince me that he was.
The SFA statement originally said that there was a malfunction. Today he’s telling us that, actually, the system worked fine and that it confirmed the decision.
I don’t believe a word of this. The longer it goes on, the more these people are tying themselves in knots trying to defend this decision and others. He is so casually dismissive of Celtic’s concerns that it’s insulting. Our club demanded answers. If the answers were as simple and as uncomplicated as he’s making out, we’d have had them on Day One.
Celtic needs to be chasing down these jokers, and making it clear that the furore over VAR is making this entire league look like a backwards environment run by yokels and clowns. Maxwell has done himself no favours, and he’s not done Scottish football any either, by quoting a mass of stats and trying to pretend everything is okay.
I can only repeat what I wrote yesterday and which every single one of us knows; Celtic has not gotten a single major call in our favour. On the contrary, every call has gone against us and some of them are blatantly wrong.
If that is a system that is working as it should be then we have serious cause for concern, concerns we have publicly expressed.
The people running our club are not mugs. Celtic has the SFA in the crosshairs here. VAR confers upon us one advantage; decisions which used to be defended on can no longer so readily be explained away.
This nonsense about the angle of the camera being wrong or the camera being trained somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be … this is a stroke these people can only pull once and that card has been played, to no effect.
We cannot let up on this. We have to keep the pressure on.