Ex-Fifa official predicts Scottish FA to investigate ref after Celtic controversy analysed

The Scottish FA will investigate the officiating at Celtic Park on Sunday after an administrative error prevented Raith Rovers defender Sean Mackie from being sent off.

That is according to ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the controversial events that unfolded in the Scottish Cup.

Celtic were awarded a late penalty in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Raith Rovers after Sean Mackie was penalised for a handball.

Referee Steven McLean should have sent off Mackie for a second bookable offence but instead cautioned his teammate, Ross Matthews.

Hackett expects McLean to face punishment for his administrative error.

“The administration of a referee is massively important,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“We had it years ago when Graham Poll issued three yellow cards to the same player. Mistaken identity is easily done.

“In the Premier League, we requested the number on the player’s shirt to be on the front of their shorts to gain recognition. The one thing you don’t do in refereeing is go by physical features. Numbers are easier to remember that faces.

“It was an administration error and it would have been prevented by VAR. That is why the Scottish Premiership needs VAR.

“The matter will be investigated by the Scottish FA, of that I am sure. I have no doubt the referee can expect a weekend off, or maybe two.”

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