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‘Blatant cheating in front of our eyes’ ‘Why is it so taboo?’ ‘That’s rancid’ Graham Spiers under fire as he touches on Ibrox penalty scandal

Six days after Richard Gordon lit up the internet by highlighting the bias of Scottish referees Graham Spiers has tip-toed into the issue.

Last Saturday, in the pages of the Press & Journal, Gordon took a deep dive into the 68 match run since Kevin Clancy awarded a penalty against the Ibrox Tribute Act in an SPFL match.

A letter of complaint about Clancy to the SFA was leaked to Sky Sports, no referee has dared to repeat that act with Nick Walsh and Willie Collum taking the run to 70 matches for the second best team in Scotland.

Internet Bampots have been on the story for months, there has been two new prime ministers, two new Ibrox managers and a change of British monarch since Clancy pointed to the penalty spot with Lewis Ferguson scoring in a 1-1 draw.

While highlighting the issue as bold, six days after publication Spiers prefers to deflect down the road that the column was written by a BBC presenter. It is a decent point but not the main one, Spiers knows the fate of Jim Spence and the true blue credentials of Kenny Macintyre, Alasdair Lamont, Jane Lewis, Steven Thompson and the lads at Pacific Quay.

Since publication BBC Scotland haven’t gone near the content of their Sunday Sportsound presenter. Their Gossip page will pick up and promote all sorts of crap from Football Insider and TEAMtalk but are on egg-shells for anything that might upset their friends at Ibrox.

These days stats are everywhere, they form the basis for much of the content in stories, Celtic’s Champions League run without a win is lovingly repeated at every opportunity.

James Tavernier’s scoring record is drooled over with no-one in the mainstream prepared to go near statistics at the other end.

Clancy is back in charge of managing the run when Dundee visit Ibrox tomorrow with the home side closing in on Barcelona’s 74 match run without having a La Liga penalty awarded against them.

The Spanish authorities are now investigating payments of £7m made by Barcelona to a consultancy run by referee chief Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, no Scottish referees are expected to be involved in the European Championship finals in Germany next summer.

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