I actually thought Robertson was pretty fair last night. Despite the howls of protests from Peanut Heid and Monster Munch, the ref was correct to stick to his straight red card decision as Sterling launched himself in at such a speed that it endangered his opponent.I only saw the scenes after the final whistle at the Bumenholen Garten on Sky Sports News last night. The match officials were delighted with the result and smiling from ear to ear and laughing and joking (only high fives were missing) with the imposters new manager. They were having a rare old time. I haven’t seen refs this happy since Derek McInnes and Alan Muir were necking efter the Killie v Celtic LC game.
The handballs by Goldson could be missed in the stramash of the penalty box by an onfield ref, but VAR should have stepped in to ask him to review it.
VAR spent ages reviewing the red card and told Robertson to check it again but totally ignored the handballs and allowed play to restart immediately (with a free kick to sevco ten yards upfield from any action!). Play should have been held up until he at least checked it because it was fairly obvious in real time on the tv. No doubt he was prepping himself for a celebratory turn of the goat after ensuring they went joint top (it is funny but when they/deadco were ever top on goal difference then it was only ever referred to them being top and us being second, and never us being joint top).
Goldson's second handball - despite it stopping a goalbound effort that probably would not be saved - was not a penalty in my opinion, but the first was in my opinion. I have never seen any other defender so consistently handball the ball in his own box and never be penalised for it. And how many crucial "soft" (i.e. non-existent) penalties does he win with his theatrics at the other end?