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Thursday 14 December 2017

Celts consider next step after SFA snub

CELTIC are set to step up their war with the SFA after Scott Brown's appeal against his sending off against Rangers was rejected.

Referee Dougie McDonald stood by his decision to red-card the midfielder, who will now miss three games starting with Sunday's visit to Falkirk.

Celtic chief Peter Lawwell and manager Tony Mowbray held talks yesterday with Hugh Dallas, head of referee development, and were expecting to be informed personally about the outcome of Brown's appeal before a public announcement.

The SFA decided to release a statement yesterday afternoon throwing out the appeal, without informing Celtic or Brown, and that has escalated Celtic's fury over refereeing matters.

Last night Celtic released a statement saying: “We are amazed at this decision and believe it is wrong.

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“Given the general consensus that the initial decision was incorrect and the availability of supporting video evidence, at the very least, the incident should have been referred to a separate Review Panel.

“Naturally, we are very disappointed that this simple opportunity was not taken. Clearly, it is also very disappointing that Scottish Football Association rules do not permit this decision to be appealed.”

The fact that only the match referee sits in judgement of the appeal is among Celtic's concerns, although the club have made the SFA aware of their unhappiness about refereeing matters throughout the season.

Celtic had hoped to keep matters discreet between themselves and the SFA but the manner of yesterday's announcement has further angered the club as well as the actual decision.

With no further appeal process open to them, they may consider a legal challenge over the decision and the appeals process which would highlight the matter to UEFA, who take a dim view of footballing matters being dealt with outside the game.

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