Craig Gordon has called for greater transparency in the SFA’s disciplinary process.
The Scottish international has said that the “clouded” system currently in place may make people believe that club allegiances play a part in the decision making.
The Scottish game has seen some controversial decisions lately, with Kilmarnock’s Gary Dicker and Aberdeen’s Mikey Devlin both having appeals rejected for sendings off, whilst Allan McGregor escaped any punishment after footage emerged of the goalkeeper attempting to kick Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
Gordon said, via STV, that the current rules need changing, with the uncertainty about the current decision making needing to change.
The former Sunderland stopper said:
“I think if [players] are in two minds or they don’t know then they shouldn’t be doing either, to be honest,” he said.
You’re going to put yourself in a difficult position and make referees have to make a decision, or a compliance officer or, however, they go about trying to adjudicate these things at the moment.
It seems quite a clouded subject in how they get to the decisions. As far as I’m aware it goes to three referees and there’s no comeback. You don’t know who they are.
It’s a strange system, you never know who the referees are or what their allegiances might be. I just think that’s probably not the best way to go about it.
I’m not saying I’ve got the answers but certainly if you’ve got the incidents that things are happening on the pitch, if the referee misses them then there has to be that system in place that there is retrospective action and they should be getting that right.