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Celtic ref gets SFA backing
Published : 19 Oct 2010 17:00:31
The Scottish Football Association have backed referee Dougie McDonald over his penalty U-turn during Celtic's 2-1 victory over Dundee United on Sunday.With the scores tied at Tannadice, McDonald pointed to the spot when United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis challenged Gary Hooper, only to order a drop-ball following talks with assistant Steven Craven.Television pictures appeared to back the linesman's decision as Pernis touched the ball, but McDonald came in for fierce criticism after the match from both managers. That prompted the SFA's head of referees development, Hugh Dallas, to defend experienced official McDonald.Dallas said: "I think the main thing is that the final decision that was taken was correct. And the referee is well within his rights to change his mind as long as he has not restarted play."Dougie, after having given the decision, then received information from the assistant referee that the goalkeeper had played the ball. There is a really good replay of the incident from the offside-line camera, which clearly shows the ball changing direction - and that was something that Dougie did not enjoy at the time."So the decision was overturned and it's not the first time that has happened this season. It's already happened down at Kilmarnock, where the assistant referee and fourth official overturned a penalty decision."