Scottish football has gone through very turbulent times in recent months.

There has been ongoing tension between the Scottish FA and Glasgow Celtic about different issues.

Celtic have questioned various decisions by referees and its manager, after being involved in a number of touchline issues, was banned from taking his seat in the technical area for eight matches.

Enter the Queens Council, a top legal figure, who acts on occasion as an unofficial spokesman for the club and on other occasions as its legal adviser. By examining the SFA  Rules, he found some inconsistencies in the wording about suspensions for managers and coaches and as a result the ban was reduced to five matches.

The QC himself got  into some controversy with statements questioning the integrity and honesty of the SFA when he disagreed with another decision and after the SFA threatened to sue him and report him to his professional body, the Faculty of Advocates, he apologised for his comments.

Lawyers and sport are uncomfortable bedfellows.

How would lawyers deal with the Laws of the Game? When football people speak about the ’spirit of the game’ how would lawyers interpret such a phrase?

Their views on Law 11, Offside, would be very interesting.

How would they interpret ‘interfering with play, ‘interfering with an opponent’ or ‘gaining an advantage by being in an offside position’?

What would be the legal definition of ‘in the opinion of the referee’?

The main point I believe is that football is a field game, played on the field and not in the court. Leave that to tennis players.

And lawyers should stay on the bench.

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