Published on Tuesday 30th November, 2010 by Celtic Trust
The Celtic Trust, like most Celtic supporters, have been following events since the Dundee United game where a number of decisions went against Celtic including the, by now, famous revoked penalty by Dougie McDonald. The events of Sunday (while not an excuse for Celtic's defeat) added to the evidence building up that our system of training and monitoring refereeing is not fit for purpose. The resignation of Stephen Craven and the subsequent press speculation about a 'revolt' by referees and the resulting strain this places on the integrity of Scottish football simply reinforces the need for more transparent and accountable processes to be adopted by the SFA. We had already decided to write to the new SFA CEO when he took up post this month. This is a follow-up to our earlier letter expressing loss of confidence in the SFA. Indeed a letter was sent to him at the end of last week expressing our concerns and seeking more transparent and accountable processes that would restore the lost confidence in the integrity of the game. The events of the past few days and those still to unfold simply reinforce the absolute necessity for such changes and the Celtic Trust will continue to monitor events. Any response from the SFA will be reported back to the Celtic support via our website and via the Open Meeting process.