Motherwell express disappointment to SFA over Celtic penalties

Motherwell's players berate referee Willie Collum after he awarded Celtic a controversial penalty. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
Motherwell's players berate referee Willie Collum after he awarded Celtic a controversial penalty. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
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Motherwell have contacted the Scottish FA’s head of refereeing regarding the two controversial penalties awarded to Celtic in the last week.

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In a statement released on Thursday evening the club have expressed their disappointment regarding the nature of the decisions.

In the Betfred Cup final on Sunday Craig Thomson awarded a penalty for what he felt was a tug from Cedric Kipre on Scott Sinclair, as well as sending the French defender off. Moussa Dembele converted the resultant penalty as Celtic went on to win 2-0.

On Wednesday Willie Collum gave Celtic a late penalty after Callum McGregor went down under a challenge from Motherwell’s Andy Rose. Collum deemed it to be a foul and Sinclair netted the penalty to rescue a point for Celtic when it appeared their long unbeaten domestic record was set to end.

“Many supporters have contacted the club today seeking clarity on our position regarding incidents during Wednesday night’s fixture with Celtic,” the statement read.

“Firstly, it is unfortunate yet another Motherwell match has been dominated by a debatable decision from a match official. It is a call that has left the majority of our supporters again feeling extremely frustrated.

“Whilst everyone in football accepts match officials have a challenging role, and getting everything correct is almost impossible, it is disappointing to see high profile decisions affect both Wednesday night’s match and the Betfred Cup final in the way the they have.

“To that end, we have made contact with the Scottish FA’s Head of Refereeing to express our views and seek feedback.”

The statement also noted Scott Brown’s observation that coins and other objects are being thrown at Celtic players “pretty much every week”.

• READ MORE: ‘Coins are thrown at us every week’ claims Celtic captain Scott Brown

Motherwell have said they will investigate any incidents following the Celtic captain’s comments, while also noting the vandalism caused in the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand which houses the away fans.

It said: “As we do at every match at Fir Park, if any incidents are reported to us, we will fully investigate them. Should any evidence exist, we will take appropriate action against any individuals who have acted unacceptably.

“In addition we will work with Celtic Football Club to fully investigate, amongst other things, the numerous acts of vandalism, including 206 broken seats, damaged toilets and graffiti in the McEwan Fraser Legal Stand.”