“This would be given in every league in the world,” Bobby Madden

Former referee Bobby Madden gave his opinion on the controversies at Ibrox and Easter Road over the last two nights where Celtic were awarded two penalties the night after theRangers had a player red carded and Aberdeen were denied even a VAR review for their two penalty shouts as Connor Goldson yet again got away with two handball shouts.

You can read what Madden had to say about the events at Ibrox in his Instagram post which is shown below but of more interest to us is his assessment of the two penalties that Celtic were awarded against Hibs and Madden explains exactly why these decisions were correct.

On Follow Follow they are raging about the first penalty in particular claiming it was a clash of heads and no more but Madden clarifies this and explains exactly why it was a penalty.

He could have mentioned that Nick Walsh had a great view of the late contact on Kyogo in the 89th minute that led to the VAR review and penalty kick. According to Madden there could have been no other outcome.


Here’s Madden’s view on both penalty incidents…

Bobby Madden on Celtic’s first penalty at Easter Road last night…“On field decision penalty. This is a clear penalty. If you play the ball with your foot and a defender careless/recklessly kicks your foot it’s a foul/penalty. Just because it’s your head doesn’t make it any different. Ball played by attacker and late contact so foul/penalty. This would be given in every league in the world and if not awarded by the referee VAR would intervene.”

Bobby Madden on Celtic’s second penalty at Easter Road last night…“On field decision play on, VAR recommends on field review and penalty awarded. Similar to the previous incident the ball is played by attacker (it doesn’t matter that he got his shot away) and late, reckless contact comes from defender. With clear evidence there can’t be any other option than an on field review and penalty kick.”


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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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