Former Celtic defender Darren O’Dea has taken to social networking site Twitter to criticise the Scottish Football Association’s decision to ban Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings.
Meekings has been handed a one-game retrospective suspension after being deemed to handle a goal-bound header in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic on Sunday, as reported by BBC Sport.
This means that the 22-year-old will miss the final, and Inverness have appealed against the suspension.
A tribunal will decide on the outcome of that appeal today, and former Celtic star O’Dea has no doubt which way it should go.
The ban for Meekings is embarrassing! Will cause carnage with teams constantly asking for retrospective action on every wrong decision!— Darren O'Dea (@odea_darren) April 22, 2015
O’Dea’s suggestion that the ban could set a dangerous precedent will be agreed upon by many.
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, now at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, is of the same opinion.
"How can you prove that is an intentional handball and how can you ban the player for that?” Lennon told BBC Radio 5 live. “It's just going to open such a can of worms going forward.
Inverness won the Scottish Cup semi-final 3-2 after extra time and will take on Falkirk in the final on Saturday, May 30.