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Abdallah Sima Rangers disallowed goal vs Celtic 'splits ex-referee opinion' as Ben Davies 'handball' pored over

Abdallah Sima's disallowed goal split former referees' opinions during the Scottish Cup Final yesterday.

The big striker thought he'd given Rangers the lead against rivals Celtic in the second-half of the Hampden clash when he prodded home inside the area with his knee from an excellent James Tavernier corner delivery. Referee Nick Walsh originally saw nothing wrong with the goal but was urged to check the VAR monitor for a potential foul by Nico Raskin.

The Belgian midfielder had two hands on goalkeeper Joe Hart's back and gave the Englishman a shove and the goal was eventually chalked off for the infringement.

But now two ex-whistlers have been left at odds over the decision as both Steve Conroy and Des Roache - writing from their Behind the Whistles podcast account on social media - have had their say. And they even suggested Raskin could have had a penalty for a foul by Greg Taylor.

"It’s highly contentious and it split opinion among us," they wrote. "There is strong argument for both sides. There would have been no complaints, at all, had Taylor been called for fouling Raskin. While not all contact is a foul, you can’t hug, push or pull somebody in the penalty area as a defender & not expect a foul to be given against you."

The pair also weighed in on a Celtic penalty shout from earlier in the game when the ball hit Ben Davies on the arm.

"Struck Davies stomach then on to the arm. IFAB Handball Law is clear on Players body on to hand shouldn’t be penalties. Appreciate there have been inconsistent decisions this season but to the letter of the Law this was correct for VAR not to become involved."