TIMES TALKER: Did ref get penalty calls wrong?


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David Templeton can't believe he is being booked for diving by referee Greg Aitken
David Templeton can't believe he is being booked for diving by referee Greg Aitken

RANGERS should be beating a part-time club like Stenhousemuir comfortably at Ibrox given their superior quality and full-time status.

With over 40,000 of their fans cheering them on inside the stadium on Saturday, there should be no reason for failure.

Ally McCoist's men should not, therefore, have needed a penalty in order to overcome the side from Ochilview.

But the decision by match official Greg Aitken not to award the home team a spot-kick was ultimately what decided the match.

David Templeton was blatantly tripped by Sean Lynch as he advanced into the Stenhousemuir area in the first half. However, instead of being awarded a penalty, he was booked for diving.

McCoist later branded it "madness". Emilson Cribari was later punished for an infringement that none of the Stenhousemuir players protested about.

Rangers were right to feel aggrieved afterwards.


THE David Templeton penalty incident in the Rangers game against Stenhousemuir fell firmly into the "seen them given, seen them not given" category.

Perhaps referee Greg Aitken, was harsh to book the player, who afterwards protested his innocence vehemently, for diving.

But, from where I was sitting in the main stand, it was not the "stonewaller" that many at the game seemed to believe it was. A lot of folk are clearly viewing it through Light Blue-tinted glasses.

As for the Emilson Cribari tug on David Rowson that led to the spot-kick that Sean Higgins netted to level the game? Why is anybody even complaining?

Aitken should be applauded for having the strength of character to make such an unpopular decision in front of 41,794 supporters.

Few of his fellow-whistlers would have given the backlash they would have faced. But that does not mean that he was wrong with his ruling.

Stenhousemuir drew fairly and squarely with Rangers and did not need any help from the match official to do so.


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