Scottish Premiership VAR errors revealed – which club's were impacted?

There have been 26 incorrect VAR decisions in the Scottish Premiership season, according to latest figures covering pre-split matches.

The independent review panel monitoring the performance of VAR deemed that there were 10 errant decisions in the third round of fixtures, between the first weekend of February and the weekend of April 13.

That number was a fall from the 13 discovered in the second round of games, although the make-up of the panel – featuring former players, managers and coaches, guided by experts on the Laws of the Game – changes at each meeting.

What were the 10 errors?

Alex Cochrane fouls Yang Hyun-jun to concede a penalty
Celtic were awarded a penalty after Hearts’ Alex Cochrane brought down Hyun-Jun Yang at Tynecastle Park

Both teams were wrongly awarded penalties in Celtic’s controversial 2-0 defeat away to Hearts in March, according to the update published by the Scottish Football Association.

The match at Tynecastle on March 3 featured two of the 10 calls deemed to be incorrect, with Celtic’s spot-kick awarded after Hyun-Jun Yang was tackled in the box by Alex Cochrane before Hearts were also given a penalty when a high ball fell onto the arm of Tomoki Iwata.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 03: Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Referee Don Robertson during a cinch Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic at Tynecastle Park, on March 03, 2024, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Brendan Rodgers was handed a touchline ban for his comments about officials after Celtic’s loss at Hearts

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was later handed a one-match touchline ban after lamenting “incompetent” officiating in the match, although the decision to send off Yang for a high challenge on Cochrane – which also riled the Hoops boss – was not on the list of errors released on Wednesday.

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Highlights from Hearts’ incident-packed win over Celtic in the Scottish Premiership

The penalty award to Hearts was the only incorrect call in a key incident that went against Celtic in the period concerned, while their title rivals Rangers had two go against them.

It was deemed that Gers midfielder Dujon Sterling should not have been sent off in the home win over Aberdeen in February, while Philippe Clement’s side should not have had a penalty awarded against them for handball in their 2-1 victory away to Kilmarnock later that month.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Referee Don Robertson shows Rangers' Dujon Sterling a red card for a tackle on Aberdeen's Jack MacKenzie during a cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium, on February 06, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
Referee Don Robertson was wrong to send off Rangers’ Dujon Sterling against Aberdeen

Hibernian have a retrospective reason for frustration after it was confirmed that they should have had a penalty for a foul by St Johnstone goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov on Emiliano Marcondes while their match at Easter Road on April 6 was goalless. Saints went on to win 2-1.

In addition, Hearts should not have been awarded the penalty that led to their equaliser in the 1-1 Edinburgh derby draw at home to Nick Montgomery’s side in late February. Hibs missed out on a place in the top six by a point.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - APRIL 06: St Johnstone's Dimitar Mitov collides with Hibernian's Emiliano Marcondes in the penalty box during a cinch Premiership match between Hibernian and St Johnstone at Easter Road, on April 06, 2024, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Hibernian should have had a penalty during their 2-1 loss against St Johnstone and missed out on a top-six spot by one point

St Mirren were worst affected by incorrect calls in the third quarter, with three decisions adjudged to have wrongly gone against them. James Bolton should not have been red-carded in their 2-0 home win over Dundee, while they should have been awarded penalties in their 1-1 draw away to Ross County and their 2-1 home defeat by Hearts last month.

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 07: ST Mirren's James Bolton is shown a red card during a cinch Premiership match between St Mirren and Dundee at the SMiSA Stadium, on February 07, 2024, in Paisley, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
St Mirren had three decisions go against them including James Bolton’s red card against Dundee

Hearts had three big calls go against them incorrectly in the previous round of fixtures, but this time they were the main beneficiaries with three decisions errantly going in their favour – at home to Hibs and Celtic and away to St Mirren.

The other incorrect call was the failure to award Motherwell a penalty for handball in their 1-0 home defeat by Aberdeen in March.

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