Celtic's McDonald slams SFA over trial by video

Celtic striker Scott McDonald has criticised the SFA after they referred the Australian's tackle on Lee Wilkie to their review panel.

Celtic striker Scott McDonald has criticised the SFA after they referred the Australian's tackle on Lee Wilkie to their review panel.

Referee Stuart Dougal was unable to get a proper view of the original incident during the Hoops' 2-1 SPL victory over Dundee United on Tuesday night. McDonald's studs caught United defender Wilkie on the shin after he raised his foot while stretching to make a sliding challenge.

McDonald told the Daily Record: "I find it astonishing that the video review panel will be looking at this when the referee was standing only five yards away from it when it happened. I thought these reviews were for incidents that were missed by the referee during the match.

"Stuart Dougal didn't miss this one. He just didn't think there was anything in it - and Lee's reaction suggests he felt the same way. He even asked me for my shirt at the end of the game. Do you think he would have done that if he thought I had tried to seriously injure him? We shook hands and swapped shirts and I even had a laugh with him asking him to do us a turn by beating Rangers in the last game of the season!

"It's only because the tackle has been highlighted on TV and in the papers that the SFA have stepped in. It's become a big deal because the ref wouldn't allow Lee to be treated. Yes, I must admit, when you look at the pictures in slow motion it doesn't look good. But in actual speed it was nothing much more than a brush and I certainly did not try to injure big Lee.

"Lee knows I wasn't trying to hurt him and the ref knew it too. That's why I don't understand what this is all about."

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