Rangers penalty incident v Motherwell frustrates Kris Boyd
Rangers kept the pressure firmly on in the race for the Scottish Premiership title as they swept Motherwell aside with a 3-1 victory at Fir Park.
A Liam Kelly own goal got the Light Blues going but Ross Tierney soon equalised for the hosts before Scott Wright and James Tavernier accelerated the Gers to all three points.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side as Leon Balogun was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle in the first half.
Ex-Gers striker Kris Boyd had no complaints about the decision made by the referee but a similar tackle later in the game went unpunished, leaving him annoyed.
“I have no complaints about it, I don’t think Balogun can have either,” Boyd said on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game, as quoted by the Scottish Daily Express.
“He goes over the top. His foot is over the top of the ball. It’s a red card for me. What will frustrate Rangers is the inconsistency from Nick Walsh after that.
“Ojala could quite easily have walked as well. Then there was an incident with a Mugabi pullback on Sakala, and then Arfield gets booked for a pullback as well.
“That’s the issue with referees in Scottish football, consistency. But it’s a red card.”
Can never happen
Consistency is what people have been calling for ever since football existed so why has it still not arrived in the decision making of referees?
The answer is quite simple though, to be honest, it’s that no two decisions can be exactly the same when it comes to fouls and the personal opinions of each individual is different.
What one referee might see as a red card, another might see as a yellow, that is the beauty of the quirks of each official on the entire planet earth.
Without these very fine margins, football would be very boring and we’d have next to nothing to write about either.
Boyd maybe does have a point that both players should have received the same punishment for their fouls but again, they weren’t exactly the same.
The rules aren’t black and white in football (when it comes to fouls) so there will always be these debates, let’s embrace them.