Ex-FIFA official: SFA should write to Nicola Sturgeon after what SNP politician said after Rangers and Celtic wins
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The Scottish FA should write to Nicola Sturgeon after a tweet this week by SNP politician James Dornan suggested some kind of refereeing conspiracy.
On December 15, the Celtic-supporting Glasgow Cathcart MSP tweeted that Scottish referees are “useless” and that if they’re not useless, then something “much more sinister” could be happening.
Dornan’s tweet was posted at the end of wins for both Celtic and Rangers, in which Celtic had Carl Starfelt sent off and St Johnstone’s Liam Craig was booked for diving in their defeat at Ibrox.
Celtic beat Ross County 2-1 with Anthony Ralston scoring a 97th-minute winner but Dornan was clearly too focused on his agenda against Scottish referees to notice that goal was after the allotted six minutes of stoppage time.
Speaking to Ibrox News about Dornan’s outburst on social media, ex-Premier League and FIFA referee Hackett said the SFA are unlikely to be pleased and also suggested that there could be a political undertone due to Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross being an assistant referee.
“He’s effectively a fan expressing his scenario but I think, in a role of a politician, he’s overstepped the mark,” Hackett told Ibrox News.
“He’s not helping the game, he’s not helping the referee and he’s not helping the match in general. For me, he’s gone too far.
“If I was the Scottish FA, I’d be writing to the leader of the SNP asking her for her observations.
“It’s interesting, isn’t it? Within this, there might be a bit of SNP against Conservatives because the leader of the Scottish Conservatives is an assistant referee.
“The head of the Scottish Conservatives, a qualified linesman, should have a quiet word in the ear of James Dornan.
“It’s unusual for a politician to express that sort of level of comment.”
When discussing the penalty shouts in the Rangers game, one of which saw St Johnstone’s Liam Craig booked for diving by Euan Anderson, Hackett added: “I didn’t see anything, he got them right.
“I thought, actually, the referee had a good game so I don’t know what brought [Dornan’s tweet] about.
In other Rangers news, a BBC Sportscene pundit was baffled by some footage he saw from the win over St Johnstone.