Dundee and Rangers fans have called for Scott Sinclair to be banned after footage of a key moment in yesterday’s Betfred Cup tie with Celtic was circulated online.
The Celtic winger was deemed to have been tripped in the penalty area by Dundee defender Jack Hendry after 25 minutes of yesterday’s quarter-final.
Referee John Beaton pointed to the spot and Sinclair got back up to give the visitors a lead that they never relinquished, going on to win the game 4-0.
But footage on Twitter suggests the Englishman may have deliberately taken a tumble, cretaing fury among supporters of Dundee as well as Celtic’s main Glasgow rivals Rangers.
Robert tweeted: “Yup. He needs banned by the SFA. But as usual that lot will get away with it.”
Convenor wrote: “Must be a ban for that.”
Scott Mcruvie wrote: “Never a penalty. Dundee well in it up to that point.”
Susie Blue tweeted: “Shocking decision.”
Another person posted: “There was contact – from Sinclair on the Dundee guy – free kick Dundee.”
Kevin Steele tweeted: “Please spfl ban him for that.”
Yup. He needs banned by the SFA. But as usual that lot will get away with it
— robert (@rangerslad1983) September 20, 2017
Never a penalty. Dundee well in it up to that point
— Scott Mcruvie (@scottmcruvie) September 20, 2017
— NaeBull (@NaeBull) September 20, 2017
There was contact – from Sinclair on the Dundee guy – free kick Dundee.
— ⚓️🇬🇧 (@_jc72) September 20, 2017
Please spfl ban him for that
— Kevin Steele (@kwsteele76) September 21, 2017
However, many Celtic fans had a different view.
Dylan Peters tweeted: “No contact other than the very obvious contact hahah blinded by hatred as usual.”
Burnsy wrote: “Penalty aw day every day.”
no contact other than the very obvious contact hahah blinded by hatred as usual
— Dylan Peters (@Dylan_P98) September 20, 2017
Penalty aw day every day
— Burnsy (@burnsy_1967) September 20, 2017
Dundee manager Neil McCann admitted after the game that he had not seen a replay of the incident, but felt it was a penalty.
He added: “On the whole I can have no complaints about the result.
“I think it was a remarkable work rate by my players against a top-class Celtic side who didn’t rest too many for the Old Firm game.
“I think that is good respect to my side and indeed I don’t think it was a 4-0, I think that flatters Celtic.”