Everyone who witnessed Ross County’s Alex Schalk’s dive for a penalty in the closing minutes of yesterday’s game against champions Celtic, automatically think the Dutchman will be hammered by the beaks.
But that might not be the case.
Even though his manager Jim McIntyre grudgingly admitted the player cheated, the SFA compliance officer Tony McLennan will be the one who’ll decide if Schalk gets punished.
The same Tony McLennan, who despite TV evidence, claimed Sevco’s Rob Kiernan did NOT punch St Johnstone’s Steven Anderson in the stomach, during the new club’s 1-1 draw at McDairmid Park in December last year.
Or see Morton’s Oyenuga collapse alleging a headbutt from Hibs’ Darren McGregor last month.
Both these incidences were clear as day, but the compliance officer ruled otherwise.
Such is our faith in the authorities running, or should I say ruining, the Scottish game, don’t be surprised to see Alex Schalk available for Ross County’s next game…