CELTIC won 2-0 yesterday in a highly contested affair at Pittodrie.
While the bhoys ran out deserved winners, we should not be distracted by the fact referee Bobby Madden chose to ignore a head knock during the SPFL game and a bad one at that.
The referees have a duty of care towards the players and Madden neglected his by letting play continue when Ajer and Simunovic clashed – leaving Ajer on the ground in pain.
Replays showed Madden was in the perfect position to spot the flash point and seen the two players heads clashing before they went down. Celtic fans couldn’t believe it when Madden, who earlier in the game pulled the play back for an innocuous foul didn’t blow his whistle to immediate allow Ajer to be treated.
Referees have tough jobs – we get that! They have a lot of things to try and keep in check on match day, but Madden’s decision to play on in this instance was a total disregard for player safety.
Luckily Ajer was okay but it could have so easily been more serious.
Celtic should ask why play was continued and the SFA must hammer it home to their officials that head knocks must be treated very seriously.