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Brendan Rodgers tells Old Firm cup ref: say sorry

 

By Julian Taylor

Treble-chasing Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has called for an apology from one of tomorrow's Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final officials, Don Robertson, over a decision last Sunday when he felt his side were cheated out of a Premiership victory against Ross County after Robertson wrongly handed the hosts a late penalty.

Liam Boyce netted to earn the Highland side a point in a 2-2 draw, in the wake of Alex Schalk diving to the ground. Although Schalk has been hit with a two-game ban by the SFA, Rodgers (below) feels Robertson should apologise to Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko who was wrongly punished for the controversial incident.

Controversially, Robertson will be on duty again tomorrow as the Parkhead side face rivals Rangers in the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup, after being appointed one of main match official Willie Collum's additional assistant referees.

Rodgers revealed he has since taken a call from the Scottish FA's Referee Development Officer John Fleming, who apologised for the error.

"Everyone has seen the decision last weekend and as a referee, especially if you're trying to get yourself promoted in the game, you have to get that right," said Rodgers.

"I had a call from John Fleming, which I really appreciated and respected - because he didn't have to. Don Robertson doesn't have to ring me, he doesn't have to apologise to me. John did that.

"All I would say to Don Robertson is, 'Make sure you apologise to Erik Sviatchenko', because it wasn't a penalty. But I'm sure he will learn from it."

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