BBC Scotland opted out of analysing Celtic’s penalty claim against Motherwell on Sportscene last night.
It was barely a claim, it was a very obvious handball, it had ramifications for the rest of the match but the state broadcaster/censor decided that they didn’t want to take a closer look at the incompetence of John Beaton.
Having re-established their lead, going 3-1 up would have made all the difference to Ange Postecoglou’s side after a choppy first hour of the game.
A penalty shout for Celtic v Motherwell today.
Player handling the ball on a yellow card.
John Beaton ref. pic.twitter.com/e24ielB8UF
— Lint (@Zeshankenzo) October 1, 2022
Callum McGregor’s quick throw in was anticipated by Liel Abada, his cross was also anticipated by Ricki Lamie who raised his right hand to block the ball in full view of Beaton and his assistant. Neither of them signalled for a penalty.
Going into the final 10 minutes Motherwell drew confidence, a goal behind and with the bonus of a full compliment of players after Lamie had escaped with the defender already been booked for pushing Kyogo Furuhashi to the ground after losing a throw-in.
In the 89th minute a misplace pass from Reo Hatate gave substitute Louis Moult a chance of scoring 35 yards from goal. Callum McGregor bundled the striker over, Beaton’s sight was restored, the Celtic captain was sent off and five minutes of stoppage time was played.
Ange Postecoglou wasn’t asked about the penalty incident in any of his post-match interviews.
Fortunately social media captured and shared the incident, among Celtic fans it was the biggest talking point after the match, but not for viewers of the state broadcaster.