No mercy for those stepping out of line

IT'S hard to have sympathy for Jim Goodwin, who will miss Sunday's game against Celtic after being handed a two-game ban for his clash with Dundee United's Stuart Armstrong.

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Jim Goodwin was handed a two-match ban following this incident with Stuart Armstrong
Jim Goodwin was handed a two-match ban following this incident with Stuart Armstrong

The Tannacide club have been criticised for highlighting the incident on Facebook.

But, the point is, we live in a technological age, and almost everything that happens on a football field is now caught on camera.

It amazes me any player thinks they can get away with anything.

So, the rule of thumb has to be, if you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime.

Quite how the video footage reaches Vincent Lunny at the SFA is not really the issue.

Justice is the most important thing, and it is literally a case of being seen to be done.

Of course, the top clubs will be scrutinised more than those in the bottom division simply because it's there the spotlight is focused.

But, again, if you have done nothing wrong, you can't get caught, whether there is one camera at the game or 20; players have no choice but to adapt and accept this fact.

Technology is now being used to determine if the ball has gone over the line, and I welcome its introduction, though I draw the line - pardon the pun - at factual matters like that, and would not welcome technology interfering with matters of opinion.


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