Inverness CT striker James Keatings will miss the Challenge Cup after his baffling second yellow card for diving in Sunday’s semi-final win over Rangers Colts was even more bafflingly upheld by the Scottish FA’s disciplinary panel – and Rangers fans on Twitter couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
The Caley star was shown a second booking by Greg Aitken after a challenge by Ciaran Dickson and now misses out when his side face Raith Rovers in the final.
— BBC ALBA (@bbcalba) February 16, 2020
Caley Thistle confirmed the appeal had been rejected earlier and the row looks set to continue with the Championship side promising a further statement to come.
Manager John Robertson was furious at the original decision, calling it a “disgrace” when interviewed by BBC Alba immediately after the final whistle.
“James Keatings now could miss a cup final because he gets knocked over and the ref says it’s a dive. Disgraceful decision,” Robertson, rightly, ranted on live TV.
Caley won the game 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Miles Storey, with Keatings scoring the equaliser just before the break after Dapo Mebude had fired Rangers Colts into a sixth-minute lead.
When it was confirmed Keatings’ appeal had been rejected, Rangers fans – and fans from across Scottish football – were stunned at the simply incomprehensible decision to uphold the red card.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
An SFA panel has reviewed and decided this definitely WAS a dive and upheld the red card and suspension. We're through the looking glass now, folks. https://t.co/Vl81Ii0h9J
— Nick Gallacher (@nick_gallacher) February 19, 2020
Anyone else get the feeling the SFA are going out of their way to prove VAR won’t work here? Incredible stuff pic.twitter.com/OM6ndAzfAe
— Graham Hendry (@TremendoHendo72) February 19, 2020
A panel has looked at the James Keatings incident and still came to the conclusion it was a dive. 100% VAR will not work in Scotland so long as the current crop of officials and those that govern them remain employed.
— Billy Ferguson (@bferguson4) February 19, 2020
Baffled. I'd like to see the explanation
— TomForsythsBigToe (@nrpsimpson) February 19, 2020
Diabolical from the SFA again https://t.co/8BUGHd9haW
— Dave (@dm90___) February 19, 2020
I'd play him anyway, be interesting to see the outcome. https://t.co/uVZUiJbIK9
— DumbartonGer (@DumbartonGer) February 19, 2020