Cheating Then. Cheating Now. Cheating Forever!
Sunday gave us a masterclass in how the refereeing fraternity approach matches involving us or the other mob. Starting first with Nick Walsh at Ibrox for the match against Hibs,he couldn’t wait to pull out a straight red card for Porteous following a superbly timed tackle on Aribo,one which saw him take the ball clear as day.
Hibs were actually a goal up at the time,but it would be wrong to suggest that Walsh was influenced by that. Same as it would be wrong for me to speculate on any reasons behind the bewildering statistic that he has sent off SIX opposition players in the last seven Rangers games where he has been the referee. Obviously a mere coincidence,and one that I am happy to accept.
Same way that I am happy to accept that he was justified in taking no action against the Rangers defender Lundstram when he flew into a tackle,literally airborne,cleaning out his opponent in the process. In actual fact,of course,there is no reason for Walsh to justify or explain his actions. Not to me,nor to anyone else.
Referees are not questioned about their decisions,and to do so invites a trip to Hampden Park and an extended period of watching your team from the stands. It’s the people’s game,but they are not allowed to question decisions that make a mockery of the fans,and even of the game itself.
Earlier in the day,I posted a comment straight after our match against Aberdeen. Pointing out that we outnumbered Aberdeen in the possession stats by 2:1 yet also in free kicks conceded by 3:1! And this of course has been a regular anomaly in the statistics involving our games-for years,not months.
Aberdeen conceded a free kick for every six minutes that we were in possession. We conceded one every minute that they had the ball. Oh,do you really think so?
Bobby Madden,as we know,is another with form when refereeing either us or his declared favourite team. And yet,as I have said before,no matter how much evidence of these “anomalies”,we are banned from saying anything about it.
And of course,we know that the SMSM are never going to point it out to anyone either. More than their job is worth,innit?
I know that you all have your tales from the past,similar to the above-or worse. I could give you chapter and verse over the years. Yet no-one has ever been able to do anything about it. There is clearly no appetite for change from the people who are in a position to do something about it-because they are perfectly happy with things as they stand!
That’s right,they have no appetite to root out the corruption,the cheating,that has been blighting our game probably for a century or more. It is disgraceful,it wouldn’t happen in,say,England or Germany. Their clubs and their media would be all over it,naming culprits,showing a “highlights” reel on a loop until it was sorted. In fact,in England it would probably very quickly become a police investigation.
Not much point in hoping for that in Scotland,eh? Nor for questions to be asked in the Scottish Parliament,given the Leader of the Opposition’s other job…
So barring a minor miracle,we are faced with the only answer being the introduction of VAR. We saw during The Euros how well that system works when it is applied properly-yet none of us is likely to have any faith in it unless we can work out how to remove the obvious problem-that it will simply mean that we have two cheating basterts telling us that we imagined what we just saw.
AULDHEID’s suggestion last night is probably the only viable one I’ve seen yet,that we put the running of VAR out to tender. This would allow non-domiciled companies to bid and hopefully win. Until then,we can dream on that we are watching The Beautiful Game in Scotland. It is not-what we have is an ugly cancer in our game,but with no real appetite to change that.
Above article by BMCUWP