Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Connor Goldson was lucky not to give away a penalty during Glasgow Rangers’ 1-0 win over Hibernian on Wednesday.
The Gers edged past Hibs 1-0 at Easter Road, but there was a lot of furore after Alfredo Morelos escaped a red card following a stamp on an opponent in the first-half.
However, talking to This Is Futbol, Halsey has said Goldson also got away with a decision when he appeared to push Melker Hallberg. Aasked about the incident, Halsey explained:
“I have to say I think that is a clear, clear penalty. It all depends on the referee’s viewing angle – has he got a clear view, an uninterrupted view on that situation? But for me, looking at that, it looks a clear penalty and I think if VAR was in operation that would have been an incident which is recommended [to be given], because I think that’s a clear error by the match referee.”
While the Gers were the dominant side against Hibs – they enjoyed the large majority of the possession and had more shots than their opponents (SofaScore) – they had fortune on their side in terms of the decisions. Morelos should have received his marching orders, and were VAR in operation in the Premiership, Goldson may well have given the Edinburgh outfit the chance to equalise.
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Across a 38-game season, though, these kind of errors equal themselves out. For example, plenty of Gers supporters will point to Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards avoiding a red card for his poor tackle on Morelos in September. Questions about VAR, though, will remain until it is implemented.
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