Date: 5th January 2019 at 6:27pm
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Ian Maxwell has broken his silence as Operation Deflection goes into full swing over John Beaton.

The new chief executive of the SFA has barely opened his mouth since replacing Stewart Regan after some cringe-worthy comments that required a u-turn as he addressed the issue of historic issues involving child abuse.

Since the first weekend of the season referees have come under incredible scrutiny with a series of baffling decisions only matched by the random decisions being made by the Compliance Officer.

At Ibrox on Saturday the Lanarkshire Referee Association provided three of the four match officials with referee Beaton’s actions prompting Celtic into a statement requesting a meeting with Maxwell and referees chief John Fleming.

Within hours of the statement from Celtic the Press Association were informed of threats made to Beaton prompting the favoured ‘calls in the cops’ stories.

Maxwell picked up on that with The Sun reporting: β€œIt is with deep dismay, that in the last 24 hours, we learned of one of our match officials having had threats made against him and his family.

β€œWe are in close contact with those involved and with Police Scotland to ensure that they are safe and that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their actions.

β€œThis is not the first time in recent weeks that our match officials have been targeted. Another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game prior to Christmas.”

Having responded to the ‘calls the cops’ story Maxwell can now arrange his meeting with Celtic with all eyes on Beaton’s next appointments with the traditional arrangement being a couple of Championship matches followed by games involving Motherwell and St Johnstone before going back into the spotlight.