The Scottish FA are reviewing comments made by former Celtic captain Tom Boyd, to the disgust of the supporters, after Neil Lennon’s men were taken to extra-time against Dunfermline in the League Cup.
The ex-Celt was working for the club’s in-house television channel, Celtic TV, when he criticised referee John Beaton and his failure to award Lennon’s side a penalty.
Boyd was angered by Beaton’s decision not to award a spot-kick to the Hoops, feeling there was a clear handball, and he even implied the referee was working against Celtic.
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Speaking after the 2-1 win for the current League Cup champions, Boyd pulled no punches: “We’ve not played well, but once again a decision from a referee may cost us in this game, hopefully we’ll go on and beat not the 10 men, not the 11 men of Dunfermline, but the 12 men.”
Unsurprisingly, the news that his comments have required the intervention of the SFA has riled plenty of fans.
Some supporters can’t believe that they’ve got involved in such a matter, considering the comments took place on the club’s own broadcast, while others believe he’s been cited simply for telling the truth, exposing an officiating bias against Lennon’s Celts.
Here’s how they reacted to the SFA’s citation on Twitter…
What are they going to do give him a 2 game ban. He’s a pundit.
— John Murdoch (@scotsman1967) August 19, 2019
“Telling the truth in a time of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”.
— TheTributeAct (@TheTributeAct) August 19, 2019
This is shocking . Referees ever going to be held to account for their mistakes . This not being able to speak out against them when they are wrong (which is a lot btw) is archaic . @ScottishFA it’s time you got your house in order . It’s just cheating on their part . /
— pat gow ????????????????????? (@ticgran) August 19, 2019
Charged for telling the truth ? couldn’t make it up
— Chaz McDonald (@ChazMcdonald67) August 19, 2019
Absolute joke the man is only telling the truth HH
— Johnny Taylor (@JohnnyBhoy32) August 19, 2019
Because he told the truth? God help us all.
— Celtic Da (@Just4laffs123) August 19, 2019
Telling a few home truths really pains them
— Michael Brindley (@brindley86) August 19, 2019
????? what a joke
— Theresa McG (Tee) ????????? (@theresacfc) August 19, 2019