Jim Spence nails it over VAR’s Bernabei handball decision

Yesterday’s handball decision by the newest technological advance within football really did look incomprehensible. The man operating the VAR, Nick Walsh, has a history of questionable decisions against Celtic shall we say. How can a player possibly acknowledge where the ball is if he isn’t looking at it?

And the St Johnstone manager, Callum Davidson also made his thoughts on the penalty decision awarded to Dundee United yesterday after intervention from VAR in his pre-match interview ahead of the match at McDiarmid Park this afternoon (at the moment the half-time score is St Johnstone 1 theRangers 0 with James ‘I Fell Good’ Brown scoring the first goal of his career.

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It was a moment that defied both belief and logic yet again from officials in Scotland. After the Hearts game at Tynecastle in which Michael Smith stopped the ball whilst moving his hand outwards from his body to stop James Forrest, the discrepancy in the consistency from the men operating VAR has to be given closer inspection.

If that Bernabei incident is a handball under the new laws of the game then I’m afraid football is going down the drain. It will ruin many a more showpiece occasions and mar the game in controversy like never before. It’s only been a fortnight or so and already it’s becoming tiresome and devisive.

After the game and all the usual debate online, Jim Spence took the time to comment on a video that someone had posted in reply to his article in The Courier regards VAR issues. The fan was rightly bemused by the egregious errors that the officials overseeing the technology saw fit to impose on the game, thus influencing the referee.

Spence, being very droll and satirical, mocked the decision with a sarcastic remark stating:

“Clearly a penalty. Defenders must learn to leave their arms in the dressing room or tie them to their waists before jumping.”

It would appear Celtic supporters aren’t the only ones concerned with the introduction of this technology recently.

And it should also be noted that the referee saw nothing wrong with this shoulder high challenge on Giorgos Giakoumakis – not even a free-kick – and after a VAR review by Welsh for a possible red card, no action was taken…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.


  1. It’s becoming pretty clear to all that the SFA/SPFL have an agenda to use VAR to stop Celtic at every opportunity.
    After not conceding penalties at all, we have now had five in three games, two of them in Europe on Wednesday.
    Celtic started yesterday at a very fast pace and scored early on with the pace picking up and pressure being applied to the already tiring United defence.
    But in stepped the corrupt officials to interrupt the flow of Celtic attacks. They will do this all season long.
    They have made poor referees even worse. The joker who was ref yesterday was completely awful, but he needs to think, “why does Nick Walsh get to make all the decisions from a wee room watching a TV?”
    It shows how little confidence the powers have in him to do a good job!
    It turns out they were right, but he was playing to their instructions!
    Very corrupt.

    • Yes the cheating referees and those operating Var, are now doing openly in every game ,and getting away with it, surely there must be some way of challenging this blatant cheating, week in week out

    • Never change when you have 90%of referee’s that surport rangers the sfa and spla are corrupted and against Celtic ask them why Nick Walsh was on VAR when he is a blue nose bitter bastard rest my case