Last night I watched a Scottish Premier League match between Hamilton and Celtic.

It was a fiery encounter between the team at the top of the league and the team at the bottom.

It was also a controversial encounter with three red cards, a goal awarded when the player looked in an offside position, a 90th minute equalising penalty kick for Celtic, six minutes of added time and a 95th minute headed goal which was disallowed because the ball had gone out of play.

All in all a very interesting match!

Today however the Scottish media is full of complaints and criticism of the refereeing team by the Celtic manager. Celtic have appealed against a red card for one of their players, as they have done against a six match ban for their manager for touchline misconduct in an earlier match.

The match finished level and Celtic dropped two points. It appears the club are bad losers.

Knowing how to lose can be difficult.

If you were to take both teams from last night’s match to the Old Course at St Andrews for a golf match you would not need a referee. Nobody would think of cheating on the golf course. The fair play ethos of golf controls the attitude of the players while the confrontational and antagonistic ethos of football means the same players claim for decisions they know should not go in their favour.

Golf is so different from football yet the top golfers are every bit as competitive as the top football players and coaches. Witness the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Tennis is in a golden era at the moment with arguably two of the greatest players of all time leading the rankings- Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. They love to win but when they lose they can go in front of the media and congratulate their opponent. No excuses about poor line calls or poor umpire decisions.

Maybe it is just as well, however, there is no offside in tennis!

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