An apparent SFA endorsed referee has been forced to close his Twitter account after appearing to glorify in an injury to Rangers striker Jermain Defoe.
Martin Brodigan claims that both himself and his two sons are referees whilst his cover picture contains an image of the trio in SFA endorsed refereeing uniforms.
After Jermain Defoe was stretchered off in Rangers’ 2-0 win over Ross County, Brodigan took to Twitter describing the incident as something he “loves to see”.
— jimmy (@jimmymcdougal4) January 29, 2020
For generations, obscene stereotypes have followed Scottish referees with the idea that they’re all in some masonic lodge together birthing crazy conspiracy theories from the Eastend of Glasgow.
Celtic fans even created a documentary named “Anyone but Celtic” which made wild claims of an institutionalised conspiracy against our Old Firm rivals.
Conversely, there are often murmurs of the same thing on the Rangers side but not with the same level of intensity.
Recently the likes of Kevin Clancy has come under fire for his decision-making in the two Old Firm derbies at the turn of the year.
Largely, the temptation to cry conspiracy is resisted by the bulk of supporters on both sides but surely the suitability of Martin Brodigan to referee Scottish matches at any level will now come under question.
According to this fixture list with the West Lothian Association of Youth Football Clubs, Brodigan regularly referees under 13s matches.
Independent refereeing charity Ref Support UK has since condemned the disgraceful tweet:
We need to put on record that it is unacceptable and highly inappropriate for a referee to post tweets celebrating any injury to a player. We wish Jermain Defoe a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/JoQKMWWRE3
— Refsupportuk (@refsupportuk) January 30, 2020
The behaviour of this apparently SFA endorsed referee suggests clear bias against Rangers or anyone associated with Rangers.
Glorifying in an in injury to any player is never pleasant, let alone from someone apparently working with the SFA to referee youth football matches.
The SFA have been contacted to confirm Brodigan’s association with the national footballing association and to get their response to his comments.