Big calls in La Liga and the Premier League today show it’s not only Scottish referees who make mistakes in games.
It’s been a controversial week in Scottish football following a number of high profile incidents in games.
There have already been plenty of refereeing talking points throughout this season – with criticism of referees forcing the SFA to host a summit with officials and managers last year.
But the controversy has continued, with Andrew Dallas awarding four penalties to Rangers in their clash with St Mirren last week to start it off.
It continued on Wednesday night when Bobby Madden sent off two players and awarded two penalties in Rangers’ 4-2 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
The SFA added to it all last night when they retrospectively punished Hibs’ Darnell Johnson and Rangers’ Allan McGregor for their involvement in incidents during the midweek games.
And the controversy ended late last night when the SFA decided to reject Rangers’ appeal of Alfredo Morelos’ sending off against Aberdeen.
But it seems it’s not just Scottish referees who struggle from time to time – as has been seen in Spain and England this afternoon.
In La Liga, Real Madrid got a penalty – that Sergio Ramos scored – after Vinicius appeared to be taken down outside of the box.
What’s more significant is the referees had VAR for this:
It appears ‘secondary contact’ was the explanation for why that penalty was given after the VAR review, but that’s a very debatable one.
In England, Liverpool got the opening goal of their game against Bournemouth through Sadio Mane – but he was clearly offside scoring it:
Somehow we don’t think there will be quite as much discussion and criticism around these decisions than if they happened in Scotland.