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Celtic: Chris Sutton slams VAR after latest controversial incident

BBC Pundit Chris Sutton has slammed the use of VAR in Scotland following a controversial incident in the most recent Celtic match.

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The Bhoys claimed an easy win in the Scottish Cup this weekend over Greenock Morton but were set on their way by a questionable refereeing decision.

Indeed, Celtic took the lead at home when opposition defender Efe Ambrose was said to have handled the ball in the box after a lengthy VAR check.

Seeing as the ball deflected onto the player from such a short range after Liel Abada’s shot, it was a marginal call at best and probably one that didn’t need to be reviewed by technology after referee Kevin Clancy initially allowed play to go on.

While speaking about it all on the BBC phone-in radio show 606, Sutton highlighted the incident as another “poor” example of VAR in the country and dubbed it’s introduction as a “disaster”.

He said (10:01:46): “It’s not working, Celtic got it… You know that was poor, very poor yesterday, that decision.

“But I think the referees are panicking on the field and the VAR officials the same off the field. You know, it’s been a disaster.”

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Sutton isn’t the only one to think this most recent decision was a mistake with former Celtic footballer Peter Grant slamming the decision.

He said (via Daily Record):  “Not one Celtic player claimed for a penalty today. Not one supporter claimed for it, and we still can’t get it right.”

Before adding: “If I am Kevin Clancy on the pitch today, and I have played the game at all, it doesn’t matter what VAR is saying because I am not giving a penalty. These things happen, that’s football and the ball ricochets.

“It’s not a penalty kick. I wouldn’t have needed to go to the monitor, even if they had told me. I would have said no this is my job, I am here to referee the game and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”

VAR was only introduced to Scottish football earlier on in the season after nearly three years of planning, development and testing.

However, things have not gone smoothly since then. Indeed, on top of this most recent error, the Scottish FA referee operations admitted back in November that Jota’s supposed office goal for the Bhoys against Motherwell was unfairly ruled out due to an issue with the camera angle.

All in all, it’s easy to see why plenty still have their doubts about the technology.

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