Last weekend’s Parkhead man-in-the-middle, Don Robertson was ridiculed by Neil Lennon and fans alike for the number of poor decisions he made during Hibernian’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Celtic. But, if you think he was bad wait until you see who the Scottish FA has appointed for Halloween’s derby clash at Tynecastle.
Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistants – David McGeachie and Frank Connor
Fourth official – Steven McLean
Before we get into the nitty-gritty – Andrew Dallas has so far this season taken charge of six domestic fixtures and one Europa League tie and in doing so brandished 37 yellow and two red cards.
On a positive note
The 35-year-old son of retired referee Hugh Dallas (Hugh hung up his cards and whistle for good at the end of the 2004/05 season) has been on the circuit since the 2012/13 season.
Games involving Hibernian – 2018/19
Saturday 22 September
Dundee 0-3 Hibs
On that day the home side received two cautions while Hibs Lewis Stevenson saw yellow.
Saturday 25 August
Hibs 1-1 Aberdeen
Dallas had his card out of his pocket nine times – Dons x4 – Hibs x5.
His last game was between Hamilton and Rangers when all hell broke loose after Dallas awarded Rangers two late penalties. In the end, Steven Gerrard’s men won 4-1, but the fallout and bitterness continued for days after the final whistle.
One fan said: “Dallas has awarded two of the softest penalties that I have ever seen in all my years of watching football.”
Another added: “I still can’t get my head around the penalty awards. Hamilton were totally mugged by Dallas.
“Dallas should be downgraded for a start as he is a terrible official.”
Another disgruntled fan said: “I don’t know what game Dallas is watching. The first award is not even a clear handball against Alex Penny.
“The second penalty decision is just a tangle of legs and not a blatant trip.
“If that incident occurred anywhere else on the pitch the referee would have waved play on.”
Who remembers the 5-5 home draw last May vs. Rangers?
Eight cards, including a sending off, certainly ruffled a few feathers.
Has Andrew Dallas resigned yet?
Even the Hibs fan (top right) looks appalled & fears the worse.
No excuse for Dallas as he’s literally stood three yards away.
Dallas was fast tracked through. He needs to go back to referee school. pic.twitter.com/8vlLvo6nCT
— Ewen Cameron ???? (@EwenDCameron) May 14, 2018
Shall we end on a positive note?
Poor old Andrew!
Is it time for the officials who represent their profession at the highest level abandon their day jobs and replace them with full-time SFA contracts?