After Moi Elyounoussi’s hat-trick at Motherwell the performance of Andrew Dallas was the main talking point from Celtic’s 4-1 win.
When Devante Cole stamped his studs into the left thigh of Jeremie Frimpong it seemed a certain red card but despite an uninterrupted view and the presence of the fourth official and assistant referee the Motherwell striker only received a yellow card.
Dallas seemed reluctant to issue the card for an incident that looked dangerous in normal time, from a fresh camera angle and in slow motion it was much more than that, potentially career threatening.
— Andy (@AndyMcCrimmon) November 8, 2020
A red card when a Motherwell player makes that challenge against any other team other than Celtic. Andrew Dallas is a cheat. Right in front of the 4th official too. ? pic.twitter.com/ba39blesY2
— Michael McCahill ? (@MickMcCahill) November 8, 2020
Throughout the match Dallas treated contact from Celtic players with contempt, his face contorted with a mixture of contempt and disapproval.
Match officials are supposed to take the emotion out of the game, make decisions and apply discipline in a dead-pan manner. Andrew gave off the impression that if it wasn’t for the £900 match fee he’d rather be anywhere else on a Sunday afternoon.
The picture above was one of a number circulating on Social Media, after the final whistle his face was contorted as he looked on at the entirely innocent celebrations between Neil Lennon and hat-trick hero Elyounoussi.
Yesterday was the third time in 12 matches that Dallas has refereed Celtic this season, if the SFA keep him away from the champions over the next few months there will be few complaints on either side.