Refereeing controversies

Refereeing controversies

Changing room chat: Maltese referee back in Scotland

A MALTESE referee who was enlisted by the SFA during last season's controversial referees' strike will handle Scotland's visit of Denmark tomorrow.

SPL referees to get £840 per match

THE five per cent pay increase taking referees' Scottish Premier League match fees to £840 that was announced yesterday could be considered generous in these economically straitened times.

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Calum Murray: I was not lenient

Calum Murray has denied claims made by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson that he offered pleas in mitigation to the SFA disciplinary committee for Madjid Bougherra manhandling him during March's explosive Old Firm Scottish Cup replay. At an SFA hearing Bougherra received just a £2,500 fine and a warning.

Willie Collum is king of the red cards

REFEREE Willie Collum has brandished an astonishing 14 red cards this season.

SFA threatens to sue lawyer McBride over 'bias' claims

THE Scottish Football Association said last night it is considering taking legal action against a leading Scottish QC who accused them of being "biased" and "the laughing stock of the world".

Diouf labels Old Firm ref as 'the worst I've ever had'

El-Hadji Diouf could find himself in further disciplinary trouble after criticising referee Calum Murray as the fall-out from the controversial Scottish Cup clash between Rangers and Celtic on 2 March continues.

Lawyer tells Neil Lennon to defy SFA and sit in the dugout

NEIL Lennon's lawyer has urged the Celtic manager to defy the Scottish Football Association and enter the dug-out after he completes a five-match suspension, even if the game's governing body believes the ban is for eight games.

Hugh Dallas's successor appointed at SFA

The Scottish Football Association has announced today that John Fleming will replace Hugh Dallas as the new head of referee development.

The Rumour Mill: Wednesday's football news and gossip

In today's Rumour Mill: Rino in "Scottish" spat with Joe Jordan; Scotland v Brazil, part ten; Strachan stokes the embers of the Hugh Dallas row; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.

Stuart Bathgate: Celtic thrive as conspiracy theories begin to subside

REMEMBER all that talk of conspiracy we were hearing a few weeks back? All those demands from Celtic for clarification and investigation? It's gone a bit quiet on that front lately. In fact, for weeks now, whole matches have come and gone without any cries of injustice or protestations of persecution.

Censure for Neil Lennon as Stewart Regan tries to end sniping

ON THE day that Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan called for an end to the ongoing public discord between his organisation and Celtic, Parkhead manager Neil Lennon was severely censured by the governing body.

Stewart Regan appeals to George Peat and Celtic to stop airing dirty washing in public

SCOTTISH Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has called on both Celtic and his own president George Peat to refrain from airing their grievances with each other in public as he attempts to foster better relations between clubs and match officials.

Stuart Bathgate: Lawwell must speak up if sniping war is to end

WE can't go on like this. Sooner or later - and preferably the former - a settlement has to be reached in the dispute between the Scottish Football Association and Celtic over refereeing standards.

Neil Lennon: The Bhoy who played with fire

IN THE business of the bullet, the bomb and the belligerent man who draws the heat to him like no other in Scottish football, Johan Mjallby has many opinions.

Tom English: 'George Peat is right about one thing. This is tiresome stuff'

He said he was walking along the street as the sun was going down. He was feeling melancholy. He looked to the sky and suddenly the colour changed to blood-red. He stopped walking and leaned against a fence, exhausted. He stood there trembling with fear and felt a long unending scream was going through all of nature.

Johan Mjallby: We won't give up the fight

CELTIC assistant manager Johan Mjallby insists they will never stop fighting for what they feel is right following a week of disagreements with the Scottish Football Association.

The Rumour Mill: Friday's football news and gossip

In today's Rumour Mill: De Rosario fails to win Celtic deal, Rooney a target for Hibs and Miller still in contention at Ibrox.

Colin Calderwood backs Neil Lennon as Celtic appeal dismissal

NEIL Lennon has won some sympathy from his Hibernian counterpart Colin Calderwood over the controversial refereeing decisions which angered the Celtic manager in Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Hamilton.

Paddy McCourt: Scottish refs no worse than in other places

IT was perfectly understandable that Paddy McCourt yesterday declined to speak about the bullet he was sent in the post from his native Northern Ireland. Why discuss such rancour when your nature appears to be all about remaining reasonable?

Neil Lennon has another dig at ref over decisions

CELTIC manager Neil Lennon was left lamenting officialdom once more after referee Willie Collum and his assistant Tom Murphy appeared guilty of a series of errors in the 1-1 draw between the Glasgow club and Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park last night.

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