Harsh, I wouldn't caution for this because both players feet are at the same height and I just don't see it as particularly reckless. I'm often in a minority on these things as my tolerance is relatively high
Really? When the AR with a great view doesn't even think there's a chance it's a foul?
Looks like a decision based on player reaction plus poor communication...
And is this really reckless... looks controlled, minimal contact to me
Yeah, there's absolutely nothing here. Yes, there was some danger in coming in with the studs up......but it was timed well enough that there was no real danger to the opponent, so nothing warranting a card. I don't even think a PIADM foul here is worth it, especially given he's the one who came off 2nd best and it's a GK anyway.
All I'm seeing is 1) No foul never mind a yellow card and restart is goal kick 2) The assistant who is about 10 yards maximum away from the incident being overruled by the referee who was about 35-40 yards away (credibility anyone?).
As always mistakes happen, however this season has been an absolute shocker with some decisions being made from not only the officials but the appeals panel too. Not sure if anyone has seen the penalty this same referee (Steven Mclean) denied last week (
It's a difficult one. Red has won the ball and been kicked by blue but red's studs have also gone into path of blue, I think the free-kick could've gone either way and in this situation where it's not black and white, I'd hesitate to caution either of them.
- Rangers defender is set to play the ball, waiting for it to come down.
- Aberdeen defender comes charging in from some distance and likelihood of playing the ball is considerably lower than the defender's. Foot raised, body position as the challenge is made, posing risk to defender.
Plausible argument for reckless there.
Before you start angrily typing at me, I have answered the question in the OP:
This. Given the nature of his first caution, its easy to be lulled into seeing the second incident as the same
Also check his reaction at the first, he does not care
For further reading, check his red in Aberdeen v Celtic of late. Brutal does not do justice.