David Turnbull was extremely fortunate not to come away with a broken leg during Celtic’s destruction of Dundee Utd on Sunday afternoon after a horrific challenge from Utd thug Calum Butcher left the Celtic ace writhing in agony with a sickening studs up challenge, which referee Don Robertson thought only deserved a yellow card.
It was a disgraceful challenge and he absolutely should have been shown a straight red, followed by a hefty ban for a number of games.
Ex referee Dermot Gallagher on Sky Sports News agreed and labelled the challenge a ‘leg breaker’ and ‘horrible’ which tells you everything you need to know about the assault on Turnbull.
With a season full of controversial decisions already, the vast majority of them favouring the club from Ibrox, referee Chief Crawford Allan bizarrely thought that he had to come out and clarify a decision that favoured Celtic in the midweek clash against Hearts, when referee Bobby Madden felt Jota was seriously injured and stopped the game, which Allan admitted Madden was well within his rights to do as per the rules of the game, but because he disagreed with the decision personally and Hearts were upset about it, he felt that he had to come out and speak publicly on the matter. He told the world he has spoken to Madden about it and told the referee his decision was wrong, which is absolutely disgraceful.
There have been far more serious incidents and far more cases of blatantly wrong decisions this season which he could have come out publicly and spoken about, but he chooses to only come out and speak over an innocuous incident, just because it favours Celtic? Again, disgraceful.
Celtic fans await to see if Allan will come out to speak publically against the decision not to send Butcher off at the weekend, which was an actual serious incident which could have resulted in serious harm being done to David Turnbull. He absolutely should.
If he doesn’t, there is something seriously, seriously wrong.