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Pictured- two honest mistakes set the standard on SPFL Matchday One

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The new SPFL season got off to a predictable start with honest deciding the matches involving the two major clubs.

With trusted referees and put in charge the match officials delivered the expected results.

The two images below highlight the way that refereeing works in Scotland- and why the authorities have resisted VAR three years after it was introduced across major European leagues.

In the Ibrox match Beaton and his assistant have the benefits of a dead-ball to assist their decision making. held a strong line but there isn’t much you can do when two match officials chose not to apply the laws of the game.

At Tynecastle Madden was reunited with his Covidiot Dream Team of David Roome and Graeme Stewart who officiated in Athens last season.

On return Roome tested positive. Despite being a close contact Stewart turned up for a match at Easter Road while it took the last minute intervention of The Sun to get Madden replaced on route to Ross County v Celtic.

Stewart’s decision making was again at fault as he flagged for offside in a move that led to Celtic putting the ball in the net. Earlier Madden has ignored an attempt at breaking Callum McGregor’s by his Open Goal co-host Andy Halliday.

There has been no comment from Celtic on the quality of the match officials at Tynecastle yesterday.

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