Comment on To Comply or not to Comply ? by jockybhoy.

    I was going to post something pointing out Naismith did something very similar (standing over Hendry I think, giving him pelters) later in the game? What's the justification for that one? Other than he was out of control (Naismith that is…).


    I was going to post that but I decided against posting that as this site is not about pros and cons and refereeing disputes – that was one of the few rules on this site when it was setup that separated it from the many others. Wasn't the usual phrase something like "there are plenty of other websites catering to team bias and refereeing complaints"

    Whit's the mods daeing Tom?

    (Nae offence to the mods of course, but I'm interested in their view).

    On the subject of the site – it's 4 months since the last blog was posted. TBH this site is more about the comments than the blogs, but it's not like nothings happened in the last 1/3 of a year worth writing about.

    jockybhoy Also Commented

    To Comply or not to Comply ?
    I agree with SlimJim previous post – I saw a play back of the red card incident (for it was that) and the TV did a close up on the asst referee (it's the 21st century SJ!) who looked comfortable with the decision.

    However in answer to slimjim 8th August 2018 at 20:31  " Why do you think the red card has been rescinded then?"

    I'd go with a combo of the new compliance officer/panel favour Rangers and/or were intimidated by Gerrard. There's no other rationale.

    What it does mean is everyone might as well appeal because you never know….

    To Comply or not to Comply ?

    If only Becks and England had the staunch refereeing standards of the SPFLA….

    To Comply or not to Comply ?
    Bill1903 7th August 2018 at 06:35

    Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan was on and discussing Stevie Gee and Rangers. He trotted out the usual cobblers about how badly Rangers were treated by the other clubs etc etc.

    Rent-a-gob Jordan is a Rangers fan – said the SPL without Rangers was a pub league, defended them when Celtic asked for the probe into the Big Tax Case to be reopened saying it was the players that benefited, not the club (WTF? I mean seriously, WTF??), and takes every opportunity to have a pop at Scottish football in general and Celtic in particular… "It's been going on for years" 


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    Dear Mr Bankier
    Dunderheid 10th December 2018 at 14:57

    It's a funny old game. Cruz Azul managed by Caixinha on the brink of a wee bit of history. (See: http://www.tablesleague.com/teams/cruz_azul1/)

    Was in Cuba for 2 weeks holiday (I know, you were all wondering where I was…) – lousy web access but wall to wall Pedro interviews. Though it does look like CF America are the form team… Good luck Pedro.

    As for the recent racism shown to Scott Sinclair, the traditional silence from the SP(F)L on contentious matters is in stark contrast to the authorities' backing given to Raheem Sterling in light of recent racial abuse. Plus ca change.

    Stevie G – The Real Deal?
    On the reading of what is or isn’t acceptable behaviour – ironically what they are doing is an effort to avoid liability. By stating loud and clear what the club (and or ethereal etc) deems as acceptable, anyone acting outside of that is going against the direct instruction of said club and therefore brings any punishment on themselves. Not dissimilar to many places of work where there is diversity/respect training. If the company says don’t do it and trains you not to do it, you’re on your own when there is a problem. See Messrs Weinstein; Green

    JPP: Perverting Justice?
    Cluster One22nd September 2018 at 07:28  

    John Clark 22nd September 2018 at 00:36
    The European governing body also announced that proceedings over a separate kit infringement offence had been closed. That charge was a minor issue relating to the display of their sponsor’s logo on substitutes’ bibs, which is prohibited in UEFA’s regulations.

    UEFA will soon start to learn that letting one thing slide with a football club playing out of Ibrox soon becomes 2 then 4 then 16…

    As for the suggestion that we swop refs with the English – god no! I get enough grief about Scottish football down here without then seeing how lousy our actually refs are…

    JPP: Perverting Justice?
    StevieBC 16th September 2018 at 02:33  

    IMO, the SFA as a national organisation should simply forget the past.

    The current footy fans across the country know our place: we are p!sh.  20 years of non-qualification to Finals is clear evidence.

    The ROI, Wales, Iceland, Crotia, etc. have moved forward.

    The Scotland national team has regressed.  Nobody, IMO, expects Scotland to qualify in the near/medium term.

    Do us Scottish football fans – and youngsters – deserve this?

    To state the bleedin' obvious: there is something fundamentally lacking at Hampden.

    And to further state the bleedin' obvious: kids today have many more leisure activities to pursue.

    Playing for – or supporting – a local footy team on a miserable, winter Saturday afternoon is a probably ever less appealing option.

    Will the SFA save – and develop – Scottish football?

    As a footy playing obsessive in the 80's/90's I know that the SFA is an incompetent, lazy, insular, old boys' organisation.

    If I had boys, I would encourage them to play any sport in Scotland – except football.

    Which is a distressing thing to write.

    If you will permit the comparison with the non-round football game, Will Carling, then captain and darling of English Rugby called out "the old farts in blazers" back in the 90s for being stuck in the past and this phrase has now entered the lexicon of sport as a shorthand for administrators more concerned with "old school ties" (or maybe in Scotland, the knowledge of handshakes?) and preserving their place in the game than the good of the game itself.

    Similarly rugby union in Ireland kind of lucked out that their league structure very much lent itself to the professional and national set-up required for the modern era – it's taken Scottish Rugby a lost generation to impose something that could be considered fit for purpose. As you say, Irish soccer has punched above it's weight I'd say, especially considering the number of great athletes choosing to play Gaelic sports. Norn Iron certainly punched above theirs!  These footballing nations have the same issues with computer games and alcohol that have been used to excuse Scotland's poor track record over the past couple of decades(!), so it's not that.

    And sure it can be tracked back to teachers' strikes way back when or other individual issues like that, but Iceland has transformed it's youth culture and by extension its footballing heritage by pumping money into facilities and coaches.

    From Wiki:

    The initiative bore its first fruit in 2000, when KSí ( Football Association of Iceland) built the first of a series of domed football facilities known as "football houses" in Keflavík near the country's main international airport. Eventually, a total of 15 football houses were commissioned, some with full-sized pitches and others with half-size pitches, with these facilities supplemented by more than 20 full-sized outdoor artificial pitches and over 100 smaller artificial pitches throughout the country. All children's schools in the country now have at least a five-a-side football pitch on their premises. Additionally, all of the football houses are publicly owned, making access easier and much less expensive than comparable facilities in many other countries.

    At the same time, KSí invested heavily in training of coaches, starting a regular program designed to equip coaches with UEFA "A" and "B" licenses. The association chose to conduct all courses at its headquarters in Reykjavík, and deliberately chose not to make a profit off the courses, reducing costs for participants. By January 2016, more than 180 Icelandic coaches held an A license and nearly 600 held a B license; an additional 13 held UEFA's highest Pro license. This translates to about one in every 500 Icelanders being a UEFA-qualified coach. By contrast, the corresponding ratio in England is about 1 in 10,000. Many top clubs in the country have B-licensed and even A-licensed coaches overseeing children as young as age 6. Every UEFA-licensed coach in the country has a paid coaching position, although only a small number receive a full-time salary.

    Who in Scotland will show the same vision? Instead we get throwbacks to the "glory days" (sic) of the 80s – the fall-back position is appointing someone like McLeish – and even with expectations incredibly low, we still consistently fail to meet them. A nationwide malaise is I think all the legacy of the current SFA…


    IMO the only way forward is to get a root and branch review by some folk from the Bundesliga and the KSI and implement it.

    JPP: Perverting Justice?
    Cluster One 16th September 2018 at 22:00

    "What the feck did they do with all that money (they) gained as an EBT recipient…" – spent it on booze and women, the rest they just wasted, is always the "Best" response…