A Daily Record report shows Clare Whyte isn’t responsible for the latest round of farcical SFA decision-making.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jon Flanagan was cited by the body for elbowing Scott Brown [STV]. He is now set to serve a two-match suspension.
However, Celtic centre-back, Jozo Simunovic, escaped punishment.
That’s despite the Croatian flooring Jermain Defoe with an elbow, in an incident that was captured on camera.
In reaction to the news, Rangers released a stinging statement via a spokesperson [Scottish Herald]
Furthermore, plenty of Gers fans took umbrage with the decision to cite Flanagan. Clearly, he made contact with Brown, but the referee saw it at the time and deemed it worthy of a yellow card. With Simunovic getting off scot-free, where is the consistency?
SFA panel at fault
Yet, it’s not the compliance officer who deserves the blame for either decision.
As usual, her job is simply to pass on footage of potentially ban-worthy incidents, which are then reviewed by a panel.
In this instance, that panel reached a unanimous decision on Flanagan, but not for Simunovic.
Therefore, the blame lays squarely with them. Whyte did all she could with regards to the Celtic player, but at least one person on the panel inexplicably believed him not guilty of violent conduct.
This is yet more evidence of the need to change the way incidents are reviewed.
There’s no doubt Flanagan made contact with Brown. That’s not really the point, though.
Now, not only are the original decisions of referees being overturned, blatant offences are going unpunished.