Celtic fail in bid to have Yang red card overturned on appeal

Kilmarnock were also unsuccessful in reversing Lewis Mayo's red card.

Celtic fail in bid to have Yang red card overturned on appeal SNS Group

Celtic have lost in their appeal against the red card shown to Yang Hyunjun in their defeat to Hearts at the weekend.

The winger was shown a red card for a serious foul play after referee Don Robertson initially showed a yellow card for a high boot on Alex Cochrane but changed it to red after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor on the advice of VAR John Beaton.

Celtic submitted an appeal on Monday and also announce that they had raised “serious concerns” about the standard of refereeing in the Premiership match after making contact with the Scottish FA.

Sunday’s match was packed with controversial incidents. Robertson also awarded a hotly-debated penalty to Celtic in the first half, which Zander Clark saved, and then awarded a spot-kick to Hearts for a handball by Tomoki Iwata when he made contact with the ball after being bumped by Alistair Johnston as players jostled in the box.

An independent panel reviewed the red card on Tuesday afternoon and concluded that Robertson had been right to change the decision to a sending off.

Kilmarnock had also submitted an appeal against the red card shown to Lewis Mayo against Dundee but a tribunal upheld the referee’s original decision. Mayo will miss the next league game against St Mirren.

Yang will now serve a two-match suspension, missing this weekend’s Scottish Cup quarter final against Livingston and the home match against St Johnstone on March 16.

A Celtic spokesperson said: “We have received notification that the club’s claim has been dismissed.

“Clearly we are surprised and extremely disappointed at this decision.”

Following Sunday’s match, Brendan Rodgers has slammed the standard of refereeing and voiced his concern that the title race could be affected by incorrect decisions.

“My feeling is that the game was decided by the officials, on the field and outside of the field,” he said.

“You guys (the media) will know me long enough to know that I don’t really comment on officials – they make mistakes and whatever else – but today that felt like really really poor officiating.

“The first one is the sending off when there is no force. Show a still image of that and of course you will see a foot up with the head near it, but it’s not the reality of the move.

“Don Robertson actually got it right on the field. It was a high boot, so it’s a yellow card – no malice or force.

“For John Beaton to actually look at that in VAR, supposedly under no pressure, and say that was a sending off, I find that incredible.

“The second one (Hearts’ penalty) is worse. If you have a penalty go against you for that then there will be penalties every single weekend and midweek.

“I don’t know what he (Iwata) is supposed to do. Tomo is jumping, he got a nudge, he is coming down, the ball falls on to his arm and there is no intention to move.

“Then you get the penalty against and he gets the chance to look at it and see it. That really left us with an uphill task in the game but credit to my players, they kept going, their keeper has made a few good saves.

“But it was a poor day for the officials. I try to respect decisions and give the benefit of the doubt, but when I see that level of incompetence, which is the only word I can use, then that makes me worry for the game.

“In such a tight title race – which it is, and it’s fantastic to be involved in – that can make the difference. And that today made the difference for us.”

Rodgers’ comments could see him in trouble with the Scottish FA, whose rules forbid any criticism that would “indicate bias or incompetence on the part of such match official”. The disciplinary process is not fast-tracked for managers’ comments but could see the Celtic boss face a touchline ban if he is cited and a panel feels he broke the rules.

Warning from referees

The weekend’s debate also provoked a response from the Scottish Senior Football Referees’ Association, whose committee said they were “extremely disappointed and concerned by another weekend of targeted and personalised criticism of its members”.

A statement issued to the PA news agency added: “It has become too easy throughout the course of this season for managers and clubs to turn the focus – and resultant fan ire – on to match officials, often to deflect from team performance and results.

“We fully appreciate the importance of matches, especially now as we head into the defining period of the season for the destiny of the championship, European and top-six places, as well as relegation and play-off matters.

“Nonetheless, match officials should be able to carry out their duties without fear of them impacting their personal lives, their personal safety and the safety and security of their families.

“It is regrettable that criticism, which we generally accept is a part of the game for players and coaches as well as referees, has become much more frequent, disproportionate, and personalised towards our members.

“Everyone involved in Scottish football has a responsibility to behave professionally and respectfully and to understand the consequences of their actions.”

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