Should Rangers demand fair treatment for rival’s behaviour?
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How will the SFA react to the comments of Craig Levein?

Last week, the SFA opened up a huge can of worms by gunning for Rangers following the club’s complaint about referee Willie Collum. This week, will they react the same to comments by Craig Levein?

The Hearts Manager tore into referee Bobby Madden and his assistants following Rangers 2-1 win at Tynecastle yesterday. It’s fair to say the ex-Scotland boss wasn’t best pleased.

Speaking to BBC Scotland Levein said:

“I’ve lost my voice from shouting at the referee.

“It was a terrible performance – it really was. How Morelos gets away with what he gets away with, I just don’t understand.

Levein reserved extra special praise for matchwinner Alfredo Morelos. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It was like, as [Hibs manager] Neil Lennon said after going to Celtic Park, playing against 12 men.

“How many fouls can Morelos give away without being booked? The one where he jumped into Berra off the ball, the referee said he’s just a bit silly sometimes.

“That’s what he told one of our players. Now, if you jump into somebody, I don’t care if you’re silly or not, it’s a booking.”

Does Craig Levein have a point?

It’s fair to say he was pretty raging. Whilst he’s right that the officials were terrible, as is the form in Scotland, to insinuate bias smacks of a bad loser. You win some, you lose some.

And Rangers tend to lose more than they win – it’s about time we had the rub of the green, or the blue.

Rangers winner was offside, but it wasn’t the only poor decision from whistler Bobby Madden and his team.

Lassana Coulibaly could’ve had his leg broken by a standing leg challenge. Morelos was incorrectly flagged offside when he looked through. There was plenty of brinksmanship from the Hearts players too.

Craig Levein was also disappointed in October’s match at Ibrox where he lost 3-1. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But after Rangers were hit with five SFA charges for bringing the game into disrepute, Craig Levein will surely be hit with the same. The charges are:

  • Indicating bias or incompetence on the part of a match official
  • Bringing the game into disrepute
  • Not acting in the best interests of the game
  • Failing to “observe principles of loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship in accordance with the rules of fair play”
  • Failing to ensure “officials, team officials and players” act in accordance with the aforementioned rule.

Levein’s statements indicate bias, they also bring the game into disrepute. Hell, they also fall under all of the other three categories too. Is it somehow better because it was from a manager post-match and not from a club statement?

I’m not convinced it has any more or any less influence over the opinions of supporters. But the SFA might be.

Whatever happens, there’s no doubt Rangers will be watching the SFA’s next move very closely indeed.

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