By Hibs Admin
August 6 2013
The SFA have outdone themselves once again by handing officiating duties for this Sunday's Edinburgh Derby to the country's "best" referee - Craig Thomson : Hibernian FC hater in chief.
After watching the Partick Thistle v Dundee United match last weekend it ocurred to us at From The Capital Towers that perhaps we had been a little judgemental on Thomson and in fact he was simply a quite rotten referee however the SFA, in their wisdom, have appointed him as the man in charge for possibly the most volatile clash in the Scottish Premiership - The Edinburgh Derby.
Now, those who aren't aware of Mr Thomson's history with Hibs here's a few incidents in recent years to issue judgement :
Awarded Aberdeen a penalty for a clear dive by Dons player Peter Pawlett - A decision branded shambolic by then Hibs star Ivan Sproule.
Booked Hibs star Leigh Griffiths for a dive - which wasn't.
Failed to produce a card for a forearm smash by Hearts midfielder Ian Black on Griffiths in the opening minutes of the Scottish Cup Final in 2012.
Booked Pa Kujabi in the same game for an innocuous challenge. This booking came back to haunt him when he was then booked again for fouling Suso outside the area - an offence so serious Thomson awarded Hearts a penalty kick despite being only yards away from the incident.
During season 2011/12 he refereed Hibs on 7 occasions which resulted in Hibs scoring 1, Conceding 17, Having 19 players booked, 1 sent off whilst the opposition tally was 9 bookings - no reds.
Watched Andy Webster (Hearts) punch a goal bound effort from Isiah Osbourne off the line before awarding a free kick to Hearts for a foul on their goalkeeper (witnessed by no-one else in the 17000 crowd) rather than produce a red card for the Scotland defender.
In the same period he officiated 6 Hearts matches - they won 5, drew the other, had 9 players booked whilst the opposition received 16 yellows and 3 reds. (Anyone spotting the recurring theme yet?)
Going back further Thomson sent off current Scotland star Steven Fletcher during a Scottish Cup tie at Easter Road for a tackle worthy of, at best, a yellow card.
As recent history shows, this particular referee has a chronicle of favouring the opposition against Hibernian and it would be fantastic to hear the club come out and vilify his appointment for this fixture.
The fans will certainly be vociferous in their voice against his appearance once again in a match sure to be full of passion.
In our opinion, Thomson should have been demoted to a Third Division match after his performance last weekend - instead he's handed the plum SPFL tie of the weekend - only in Scottish Football!