CELTIC star Matt O’Riley has revealed that Don Robertson admitted to him that it was “probably” a foul in the build-up to Celtic’s goal.

VAR Ange Postecoglou Don Robertson
29th January 2023; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, Dundee United versus Celtic; Referee Don Robertson awards a penalty after a VAR check

It was a clear-as-day foul; even the Rangers players had stopped for it, yet, Don Robertson waved play on as he turned away, expecting the Gers to head up the pitch.

Instead, Daizen Maeda stayed alert, and nicked the ball while the opposition players stood there watching before putting in a brilliant cross to Jota, who made no mistake in heading it into the back of the net.

O’Riley revealed the conversation, admitting he was screaming for the foul, but wasn’t complaining when he saw the ball hit the back of the net.

He said: [Football Scotland]

“It was definitely a foul, but sometimes you have just got to be grateful! To be fair, I was screaming for it.

“The ref told me it probably was a foul when I walked past him, but he said: If I’d given the foul then you guys wouldn’t have scored. I was like: Yeah, fair enough!

“It was a really good goal, too. We wouldn’t usually cross from that kind of area. We would usually try to work it a bit closer.

“But Daizen saw the opportunity and it was a great ball for the goal.”

Let’s be clear, Robertson had no intention of giving the foul, and him admitting that it “probably” was is absolutely shocking. Can he not do the basics of his job correctly? He didn’t even play an advantage.

It’s shocking that a referee from such a high-stake semi-final will get away with that.


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