Yesterday, Kenny Clark, the ex-ref who works at the SFA on one of their committees, went onto BBC Radio Scotland to put the case for the officials. He was terrible. Before he’d even started he made it clear that he was not going to discuss VAR or individual decisions. He was there to forward a case for refs with offering any analysis.
The BBC had clearly been contacted before he went on the show and put on notice about what would be discussed and what wouldn’t, because he didn’t get put under any real pressure except by one man, Michael Stewart, who tied him in absolute knots.
Celtic insiders would have listened to it all with great interest.
They will certainly have noticed that he made no effort to defend the officials or the respect for fans to offer them explanations. Instead, he stunned Stewart by admitting that most refereeing decisions are “subjective” which Stewart treated with absolute scorn accusing him of offering a “lazy” answer and called it “a cop-out.”
Subjective. Which means of course that they make it up as they go along, that they don’t so much follow a rulebook as run the game based on what pops into their heads. It is not just a pathetic explanation; it is one that reeks of exactly the kind of biases we keep talking about.
Celtic is well aware of the “subjective” nature of much of what we’ve seen recently from officials. But it was interesting that an SFA official who basically went on there to say nothing at all said a lot more than he probably intended to and Stewart, at least, was not about to let him get away with it.
Stewart knows that the SFA’s position is becoming untenable, and when Clark tried to suggest that the issue here is that fans don’t like decisions being given against them and don’t care about decisions which fall in our favour the broadcaster skewered him and spoke for an awful lot of fans and fan media when he did so.
“”That shows you’ve not learned anything and what you’re saying there is that ‘we got the decisions right and the fans are just complaining because they got the decisions given against them’. That’s what that says, Kenny.”
Celtic will have been interested in that too, with echoes of what that clown Boyd said in his crayon written column the other day. If the governing body thinks this all comes down to the views of a handful of fans then Stewart is right, they aren’t getting it.
All in all, Clark, who had gone on there to be a “safe pair of hands” dropped a number of clangers which have made matters worse. Celtic must be rubbing their hands.