I guess if you live long enough you really do get to hear everything.
Everything, no matter how absurd or ridiculous it might be.
This morning we’re all getting up to one of the barmiest suggestions ever foisted on the football nation of Scotland, by an ex-Ibrox player in defence of a current Ibrox player. But of course. And from a BBC employee at that.
You would think that the BBC would be embarrassed enough by its retention of so many ex-Ibrox footballers on its books.
But Ricky Foster takes the cake. He’s a little smarter than the likes of Alex Rae and Alan Hutton and Kris Boyd makes him look like an Oxford don, but this guy is never going to work for Glaxo in product development.
His latest suggestion – that Connor Goldson’s latest handball incident might be used as the template now for all future handballs in the box; in short, he doesn’t believe that was a penalty and thus no handball like it should ever be given again – would complete our games journey from to anarchy from mere farce.
Rather than bring in refs who are honest and competent he wants to change the rules to make life as easy for them as possible.
Talk about lowering the standards. Talk about “dumbing down.”
But I’ll tell you two teams who will never, ever benefit from The Goldson Rule, for that is what we ought to call it. Those teams are Celtic … and whoever plays the Ibrox club.
It is pathetic the lengths these people will go to in order to justify this incredible run the Ibrox club is on, the only club in this country to have accomplished such an astonishing period without conceding a penalty kick not once but twice and this current run will set records.
“I don’t think you can be clear whether it definitely hits his hand,” Foster said, although every single one of us who watched the replay can see it does. ”It maybe brushes past it.” Absolutely pathetic, right? But here’s him warming to his argument; even if the ball hit his hand, it’s not necessarily a penalty kick. Before he offers that he offers this.
“The ridiculous thing is that weeks ago there would have been more of a chance of it being given,” he said, a cryptic comment considering that weeks ago a Goldson handball wasn’t given, and it wasn’t given weeks before that.
But I’ll tell you this, as has been proved; if a Celtic player did it then it would have been given. If someone coming up against the Ibrox club did it then it would have been given. We know that because last week one was.
“But I don’t think it can be given as a handball,” he says. Well, no shit since you are claiming that it doesn’t actually hit his hand, although we all watched it do exactly that. “But, there’s always that part of you because his arm comes up a little bit, you are waiting for it to be called or waiting for it to be looked at,” he continued.
Except against the Ibrox club. Not a soul really thought for a second it would be given, not after this guy has blatantly gotten away with the same thing twice in a matter of weeks.
“Thankfully it wasn’t and hopefully in games moving forward, those kind of handballs won’t be given as penalty kicks. No penalty for me and hopefully that is the start of them getting more right than wrong,” he finishes with … and suggests that we introduce a rule to make handball in the box – which this muppet denied even happened – no longer punishable.
This is a classic case of what Ange Postecoglou rightly called “mental gymnastics”, as you’ve seen, this eejit doesn’t have the intellectual dexterity to pull it off.
Anything to justify the blatant cheating we’re watching and which we all recognise for what it is.