Yesterday’s VAR propaganda hides some dirty little secrets

The Rangers have suffered more through VAR? How did it affect the outcome of their games?

An ‘independent’ study yesterday revealed some surprising results into the clubs in this country who have been wronged by VAR.

According to the report theRangers have been wronged on a few occasions, more than Celtic have suffered at the hands of the much maligned technology.

The headlines have all been about theRangers

Several incidents were mentioned that affected a host of clubs. All of whom have the right to feel aggrieved about being wrongly punished according to the findings of the independent’ panel. Especially St Mirren who were adjudged to have been wronged on three occasions.

But the headlines have all been about theRangers and the violins have been out in full force as the media portray a tale of woe on behalf of the Ibrox club.

The instances that the media have focused on were a red card to Dujon Sterling that the panel reckoned should have been downgraded to a yellow, a game in which the Ibrox club were in the lead and went on to win the game regardless of the VAR error.

 Call me a cynic if you must

The second one was a penalty incident when Kilmarnock were awarded at Ibrox, with theRangers already 2-0 up. A game which could have coincidentally seen them go a record run of games without conceding a spot kick. Not daft these Scottish referees as they avoided the headlines on Thai dirty little secret. Anyway theRangers would go on to win the game 3-1, so no harm done.

Incidentally you can only speculate but I for one do not believe that penalty would have been given to Kilmarnock had the scores been level at that stage.  Call me a cynic if you must.

The panel also concluded that Celtic winger Yangs red card against Hearts was correct in the controversial clash at Tynecastle back in March.  Admittedly it’s one that could have gone either way so we can’t really complain.

But it was two penalty incident in that game that were the major talking points. The one we received when Yang was upended in the box has actually been classed as an error by the panel. Adam Idah missed the resulting spot kick so maybe justice was seen to be done.

Disgraceful decision

The other was the disgraceful decision to award Hearts a spot kick after Tomoki Iwata was adjudged to have ‘handled’ the ball even though it was dismissed in real time.

But lo and behold the ‘incompetent’ John Beaton on VAR decided it was worth highlighting for an on field review by match referee Don Robertson. He then agreed after having a second look despite it not being a punishable offence according to the rules of the game.

That was in a game we were still level, and still very much in the game despite having the disadvantage of playing with only ten men.  Hearts of course scored and went on to win the game, and that decision had a big say in the way the game panned out.

That was probably the plan

Yes theRangers have been adjudged to have been wronged on more occasions, but it didn’t affect the results in their games and that was probably the plan.

Celtic on the other hand have been affected by ‘incompetent’ officiating at a crucial moment the day after theRangers lost at home to Motherwell. And it proved very costly indeed, that being the very point.

Not that the Scottish media will differentiate between the two but the Celtic fan media , which is growing all the time and going from strength to strength, most certainly will.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy




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