Top SFA referee apologised to ex-Rangers star for
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Ex-Rangers star reveals referee apologised for "totally wrong" decision

SFA whistler Bobby Madden apologised to Rangers star Andy Halliday for sending him off against Hibs in a 4-2 victory at Ibrox back in 2016.

Ex-Ibrox star Halliday was given his marching orders for an alleged headbutt by Madden after Fyvie went down holding his face following an on-pitch clash with Halliday.

Eventually reversed on appeal, Fyvie was also given a two-match ban for simulation [BBC Scotland].

Speaking on Open Goal’s popular Keeping the Ball on the Ground show, Madden explained why he gave the decision.


“I’m directly behind it and I see a movement,” explains referee Madden.

“Then you see Fyvie falling down, holding his face, and I think he’s done him. You think you see this motion to headbutt, and I don’t even think about it, red, off.

“I thought I pretty much got that right but then you go in and you see your phone and it’s red hot, and you think ‘aw, naw’.

“It’s one of my disappointing decisions because it’s totally wrong, there’s no contact. That’s something VAR would clear up.”

Halliday then gave Madden his dues by revealing the referee apologised to him in the Ibrox tunnel the next time he took charge of a Rangers game in Govan.

“See to be fair though we always talk about as players with referees, we just want to be able to speak to a ref,” explained Halliday.

“You had the audacity to come back to Ibrox about three or four weeks later but I remember you apologised for the decision in the tunnel.

“Luckily that got rescinded, but I got sent off a week later for celebrating in the middle of the park so I don’t know what they talk about in their spare time!”

Andy Halliday spent five years at Rangers, making 152 appearances and scoring 18 goals for the club. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Born and bred bluenose Andy Halliday left his boyhood club this summer and remains optimistic about securing a deal elsewhere ahead of the new season.

A player who gave his all for the club and who played a vital part in bringing us to the point we are now, Rangers fans everywhere will be wishing the 28-year-old all the best with the rest of his career.

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