Some Celtic fans have launched a scathing attack at referee Andrew Dallas, who was in charge for the club’s Scottish Premiership game against Livingston recently.
Neil Lennon’s men remained top of the Premiership table with the 4-0 win over Livi, as Rangers also kept their winning run going with a convincing 3-1 win over Hamilton (BBC).
For the Hoops, James Forrest got an impressive brace. Odsonne Edouard and Scott Brown got a goal each for themselves (BBC). This was the club’s eighth consecutive win in all competitions and their last defeat came away from Livi themselves.
While Celtic fans were happy with the win, they were disappointed with the refereeing of referee Andrew Dallas.
Great performance from Celtic today. Frimpong and Jullien were superb. Hugh Dallas should not be a referee though. He is beyond useless.
— NEIL (@N_Raeside) November 23, 2019
Andrew Dallas OMG he is defiantly his fathers son. We won easily enough yesterday but this man allowed Livingston to assault our players all over the park. 2 bookings ? Shocking Scot Brown had one bad tackle in injury time he could not get his card out quick enough.
— Jim Forrest (@jims_a_tim) November 24, 2019
Brown & Frimpong were superb. Forrest – another 2 goals on his way to As for Livi: if they ever go down and then end up back in the play offs then I hope no Celtic fan says “ That would be nice if they come up”. Hatchet men everywhere. PS Andrew Dallas is worse than his Dad.
— The Celtic Room (@thecelticroom) November 23, 2019
Good result today, could’ve scored more though. Dallas is a shambles of a referee. One foul all game committed by Celtic and results in a booking
— James Campbell (@underagemaddog) November 23, 2019
Livi are dirty animals, Dallas is the worst ref in the world and we have left our shooting boots at home
— Martin Willmott (@mwillmott68) November 23, 2019
He took long enough to have a word with their players, feart to get involved. Jullien been put on his arse a few times, Hayes, and Frimpong, yet Mr Dallas is oblivious to it all. No matter, so long as we win and win the Celtic way, that’s all we ask
— Daniel (@DannyMax1888) November 23, 2019
Dallas, 36, is the son of former referee Hugh Dallas. His father had refereed in the FIFA World Cup of 2002 and also officiated in the UEFA Champions League and in the EURO 2000.
Andrew, though, has refereed as many as 256 games in total. He has given a total of 968 yellow cards and has brandished 65 red cards in total.
He has officiated ten games in total this season and Celtic’s win over Livi was his first game refereeing the Hoops this season. His previous game refereeing a Celtic game was last season when the Hoops visited St. Mirren last September. The game saw him brandish four yellow cards and one red card.
What do we think?
It is fair to say that Dallas is a referee who does dish out cards regularly. This season, he has given out 22 yellow cards and three red cards. Not just that, he has also handed out two penalties.
And it is unfair to say that Dallas always targets Celtic. Numbers show that it has always been the case with him this season, no matter which clubs he referees.