Steven Gerrard has hit out at referee John Beaton after the Rangers manager was sent off at half-time in the 1-0 win at Livingston on Wednesday night.
Alfredo Morelos’ late goal put the Gers within four points of their 55th league title but the win could have been sealed sooner when the Colombia international was felled by Livi goalkeeper Max Stryjek in the first half.
Despite Stryjek clearly making contact with Morelos, Beaton booked the Gers striker for simulation.
Gerrard remonstrated with the whistler at half-time and was shown two yellow cards.
When asked about the incident after the match, Gerrard said: “I asked him for an explanation. The explanation I wanted is why have three people missed a blatant, stonewall penalty?
“I’ll go with a mistake from one of them but not from three. It’s unfair, it’s not right, it’s bang out of order.”
Radio Clyde journalist Andrew Maclean quoted Gerrard on his personal Twitter account after the match at Almondvale.
🗣 Steven Gerrard on John Beaton:
“I asked him for an explanation. The explanation I wanted is why have three people missed a blatant, stonewall penalty?
“I’ll go with a mistake from one of them but not from three. It’s unfair, it’s not right, it’s bang out of order”. pic.twitter.com/6hgTEo4ocF
— Andrew Maclean (@AndrewMaclean_) March 3, 2021
Gerrard is spot on.
How did none of the officials spot that Stryjek clearly fouled Morelos? And how could Beaton have been so sure straight away that Morelos dived?
You could tell that as soon as the Colombian started to lose his balance, Beaton had his mind made up. He knows that Morelos has walked the disciplinary tightrope time and time again in his career and assumed he was diving.
He was totally wrong.
It’s not the first time that Beaton’s caused controversy as he’s arguably the most complained-about referee in the Scottish Premiership.
It’s great to hear Gerrard hitting out at him and the officials after the game but he probably should have toned down his fury at half-time.
At the end of the day, he’s not under massive pressure because the title will come.
In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart has reacted to the penalty controversy.