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Assistant ref Craven resigns after penalty controversy

Steven Craven, the assistant referee involved in the controversial decision to overturn a penalty awarded to Celtic against Dundee United, has resigned, reports BBC Sport. Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan met match officials on Monday.

"I can confirm that Steven Craven has tendered his resignation and will no longer officiate in the professional game," said Regan.

"I hope to conclude the investigation within the next 48 hours and will make further comment at that time."

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was furious that Dougie McDonald, the referee in the game on 17 October, first awarded a penalty then changed his mind after consulting with his assistant, Craven.

United keeper Dusan Pernis had rushed from his goal and prodded the ball away from Celtic's Gary Hooper, but his momentum took him into the striker and sent him tumbling.

The match officials were subsequently praised by the SFA's head of referee development, Hugh Dallas, for getting the decision correct. Hooper scored a last-minute goal to win the match for Celtic.

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