Celtic fans on Twitter couldn’t believe that Dedryck Boyata was sent off in the 1-0 cup win over St Johnstone on Wednesday evening.
Luckily for Celtic fans, Leigh Griffiths’ goal in the 83rd minute was enough for the Bhoys to progress to the semi-finals of the competition, but many were fuming with referee John Beaton for his decision in the 90th minute.
The 36-year-old Beaton had a yellow card in his hand that he was about to show to Boyata, but the Belgian centre-back kept protesting and was eventually shown a red for using foul and abusive language.
Boyata has had a turbulent few weeks at Parkhead, as he failed to force a move away from the club in the summer following his third place finish in the World Cup with his national side.
The now 27-year-old joined the club in 2015 from current English champions Manchester City and is not the most popular player among Bhoys fans after his recent antics. However these fans on Twitter were fuming with the decision to send him off. Check out the best tweets below.
How did you see Ref Beaton's reactions? I felt he looked aggressive and angry when he is meant to remain calm, clearly rallied by Boyata shouting, but felt he lost control and should have been a Yellow?
— EddieTollan (@eddietollan) September 27, 2018
For me Beaton was as much out of control as Boyata he went straight to a red because he lost the plot refs are supposed to be the level headed one on the pitch.@BBCTomEnglish @BBCSportsound @JohnHartson10 @JimSpenceSport
— J.P Mullen (@Buzzbomb11) September 27, 2018
Yeah. Sure. Boyata’s an idiot for mouthing off, but have you ever seen such utterly un-professional & undignified behaviour from a referee? Naw. Neither have I. No matter how angry Beaton was, it was still a yellow. Pathetic decision- more like a pub league ref than professional
— CarlJungleBhoy (@CarlJungleBhoy) 26 September 2018
Morelos booked for dissent
Boyata red carded for dissent
— Colm (@cohcfc) September 26, 2018
Beaton is arguably 1 of SFA’s most pro-Rangers refs. His ineptness saw him constantly break up play & give petty fouls against us. All night Boyata called him out until he could take no more. In a fit of pique & petulance Beaton flashed a red!!!
— Henriklubo (@Henriklubo) September 27, 2018
Guess boyata must have been the first player in the history of football to swear at a ref then as it's the first straight red for that offense I've ever seen
— Frankie (@frank6379) September 27, 2018