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“In a sane world, the real world, not in a million years is that a penalty,” – Former refs incredible ‘utter, utter farce’ VAR blast

VAR is certainly starting to show it’s true worth in Scottish football isn’t it?

Well, at least to one team in the SPFL it is.

As the referee in a van hits the headlines again, it’s now getting extremely embarrassing the level of ineptitude our referees have and it’s now so bad that even former refs are starting to speak out.

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Steve Conroy was not in a forgiving mood as he reviewed the VAR decisions over the weekend and he started off by aiming his criticism at Willie Collum and his decision to award Rangers a penalty for handball.

“In a sane world, the real world, not in a million years is that a penalty,” he told Grosvenor Sport.

“Never, ever. There’s no intent, he had no idea where the ball was. It hit him in that armpit zone where it’s already a borderline between a handball or not.

But in this day and age – and with the current interpretation – it is. It’s ‘he didn’t need to have his hand up there’, ‘making himself big’ – all the usual catchphrases.

“The Greg Taylor one at St Mirren is the same argument, although easier to suggest that it was a penalty as his arms were up out of his body at a strange angle. But NO WAY did he mean to handle that and the ball is kicked right in front of him, there’s nothing he can do about it.

“It’s just nonsense. An utter, utter farce. For the good of the game we need to have a look at this at the end of the season. Everyone is totally frustrated by it, you can see the look on players’ faces all the time.”

The need for proper governance in our game is also apparent as the VAR farce continues to hit the headlines but don’t bet any money on that happening anytime soon.

The SFA are about as effective as John Beaton with a pen armed with video replays……..

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