Callum McGregor was sent off for a second yellow at Ibrox on Sunday. In no way am I making excuses for another insipid display. I’m merely going to point out we have another instance where one of our referees don’t appear to know the rules.
The sequence of events that led up to Callum’s sending off has left a bad taste in the mouth.
It appears debut referee Nick Walsh has not applied the rules properly in this case.
The rules of the game set by IFAB; the International FA Board (IFAB) which is formed by FIFA, and the four British National Associations.
The rules clearly state what must happen in the EXACT event that occurred at Ibrox.
New: LAW CHANGES 2020/21 If the referee plays ADVANTAGE for an offence which ‘interfered with or stopped a promising attack’, the caution (yellow card, YC) is NOT issued.
If the referee plays advantage for a DOGSO (denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity) offence, the sending-off (red card, RC) becomes a YC, so to be consistent, if the referee plays advantage for an offence which interfered with or stopped a promising attack, the YC should not be issued.
By the letter of the law, Callum McGregor should have been allowed to stay on the pitch. Not to mention his first yellow card was very soft.
The midfielder committed himself and did make the foul but the play continued and the home side managed to score as a result. The rules clearly state Callum should not receive the yellow and should be allowed to continue.
Why was he sent off? It’s a turning point in the game for sure and while we need to focus on the rebuild, but the booking should be rescinded.
IFAB rules can be found on their website.