In a game filled with drama and key decisions, Celtic’s Champions League clash against Feyenoord saw another point of contention.

This time, it revolved around a penalty claim that was ultimately denied by VAR.

In a pivotal first-half moment, Feyenoord’s defender appeared to make contact with Celtic forward, Maeda’s left foot, just as he was gearing up to strike the ball. The contact evidently disrupted Maeda’s shot.

Many believed this to be a clear penalty, particularly as it seemed to prevent a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

However, after briefly consulting VAR, the match officials decided against awarding a spot-kick and instead opted for a goal kick.

There is an argument to be made about the consistency of refereeing decisions. Incidents similar to this often result in fouls being awarded when they occur outside the penalty area.

One can’t help but ponder: had the incident occurred just a few meters outside the box, would the referee have readily awarded Celtic a free-kick?

Given the importance of the tie, decisions like these can significantly alter the trajectory of the game.

A successful penalty conversion for Celtic could have swung the momentum in their favour, potentially altering the outcome of the match.


  1. There is also no consistency in the way the players perform in the CL. Did anyone count the number of back passes ? Rodgers tactics have been dreadful in all his CL games managing Celtic . Any decent Celtic fan will tell you we can’t defend against class teams with the players we have and as for taking Kyogo off Rodgers would have been better changing his tactics to support him rather than isolate him . As a club we are going backwards as I suspect there will be no wins in the CL again .


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