Rangers fans lap up "tears" of ex-BBC journo after outburst about referees
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Rangers fans lap up "tears" of ex-BBC journo after outburst about referees

Outspoken former BBC Scotland journalist Jim Spence has claimed that Scotland needs “foreign referees back” as he raged over an incident involving Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

Morelos escaped a red card for a clash with Dundee United defender Mark Connolly in Rangers’ 1-2 victory at Tannadice, referee Steven McLean deciding a yellow was sufficient for the incident.

Jim Spence isn’t exactly the most popular man at Rangers and conversely, Rangers aren’t exactly the most popular club with Jim Spence. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This is something which clearly incensed Jim Spence who spent the afternoon bemoaning the decision and suggesting that there was some kind of conspiracy afoot.

“We need foreign referees back,” tweets Spence.

“I knew Rangers would win today. As they should given the huge financial imbalance between them and Utd, and 2-1 isn’t the hiding it could’ve been,” said Spence.

“I’ve always regarded reffing as tough with split second calls etc….but the elbow decision today is just rank bad refereeing.”

When asked about the “rank bad refereeing” by a disgruntled Celtic fan, Spence also hinted that there was some kind of bias involved in the decision.

“As a former law lecturer Stevie I’m interested in what can be proven….You may think that…. I couldn’t possibly say 😉,” said Spence.

Spence’s suggestion that some kind of bias was involved isn’t exactly the sort of thing becoming of the rector of the University of Dundee.

Not exactly the most popular man amongst the Rangers support, it’s fair to say Rangers aren’t exactly the most popular club with Mr. Spence.

The broadcast journalist – and avid Arabs fan – left full-time employment with BBC Scotland in 2015 but has continued to work in Scottish football in a freelance capacity [Courier].

Rangers fans took to Twitter to laugh off Jim Spence’s comments as the ex-BBC journalist railed against the decision to keep Alfredo Morelos on the pitch and demanded foreign referees as a result:

https://twitter.com/TheRailwayBears/status/1338201804383858690

https://twitter.com/StewNCF/status/1338397339468312581

https://twitter.com/cw1873/status/1338208830296092678

Rangers maintained their 13-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with the 1-2 win over Dundee United courtesy of goals from James Tavernier and Connor Goldson.

Spence isn’t the only outspoken voice being berated by Rangers fans after the weekend either – the club’s supporters saluted an I’m a Celeb star for hammering a much-maligned anti-Gers figure.