CELTIC Defender Moritz Jenz should have been sent off in the aftermath of his debut goal for the Hoops against Ross County, according to former referee Des Roache.
The German defender put Celtic back in the lead with six minutes of regulation time remaining. The defender was so delighted with his goal he ran straight towards the Celtic fans who met him with open arms in the away end at Dingwall.
However, Roache has pointed out if Don Robertson had been doing his job to the letter, Moritz should’ve received a second yellow and with that, his marching orders.
He told the Get Involved Referee podcast : “Celtic have got away with one there because Jenz should be missing two games two weeks down the line.
“I actually think that kind of celebration and euphoria should be encouraged. As someone who likes to see goals, don’t dull it. I don’t agree with the law, but it is the law and it should have been applied.
“I think the way they look at it is that it could endanger the safety of the fans. There could be a crush, which I understand. But have a feel for the game. Is it that bad a thing to do? No.”
Referees seem to overlook this rule a lot of the time, but sometimes you’ll see cards be given out for leaving the field of play.
Scott Brown was famously sent off after scoring a very late winner at Rugby Park to all but secure the title. The former Celtic captain revelled in the moment before walking up the tunnel – it made for quite the spectacle.
You can understand why fans and clubs could potentially get annoyed with the rules only being applied some of the time. They need to be consistent, this rule should be scrapped or at least made clear referees won’t act on it.
Our game has passion, to try and throw a wet blanket over it with silly rules is crazy.
Speaking about the letter of the law, Don Robertson could have forgotten to bring his red card altogether. We wrote about the blatant red card the referee missed in the lead up to Celtic’s first goal on Saturday. [Read Here]