Thursday 29 September 2016

Deila calls on refs to explain their decisions

Ronnie Esplin

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

Deila’s dream of a treble ended in a 3-2 extra-time defeat but the ramifications began with the Hoops writing to the Scottish FA 'seeking an understanding' of the incident
Deila’s dream of a treble ended in a 3-2 extra-time defeat but the ramifications began with the Hoops writing to the Scottish FA 'seeking an understanding' of the incident

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has called for referees to explain their decisions post-match following his team's controversial Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness.

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Referee Steven McLean sparked a furore by failing to penalise Josh Meekings after the Caley Thistle defender used an arm to block a goal-bound header by Leigh Griffiths with the Hoops winning 1-0 at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Deila's dream of a treble ended in a 3-2 extra-time defeat but the ramifications began with the Hoops writing to the Scottish FA "seeking an understanding" of the incident.

Meekings was offered a one-game suspension by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan but the 22-year-old won his appeal on Thursday after an independent judicial panel tribunal ruled the case should not have been brought in the first place.

Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Dundee United, Deila was asked if referees, in the bid for more transparency, should be allowed to explain their decisions.

"Why not?" said the Norwegian. "What is the problem? Everybody has to stand up.

"To be open and honest is important and then we can stop talking about this for weeks. If I was the referee after that match, I would say 'I didn't see it. I am very very, sorry, I should have done better' and what more can anyone say?"

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