Former Ranger star reveals referee apologized for “totally wrong” decision

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SFA whistler Bobby Madden apologized to Ranger star Andy Halliday for firing him against Hibs in a 4-2 victory at Ibrox in 2016.Former Ibrox star Halliday received marching orders from Madden for an alleged headbutt after Fyvie came down holding his face after a field encounter with Halliday.

Eventually overturned on appeal, Fyvie also received a two-game simulation ban [BBC Scotland].

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Speaking on the popular Open Goal Keeping the Ground program, Madden explained why he made his decision.

“I’m directly behind and I see a movement,” said referee Madden.

“Then you see Fyvie fall, holding his face, and I think he did. You think you see this motion at the whim, and I don’t even think about it, red, off.

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“I thought I had pretty much understood, but then you come in and you see your phone and it’s very hot, and you think ‘ah, naw’.

“It was one of my disappointing decisions because it is completely false, there is no contact. This is something that VAR would clarify. ”

Halliday then gave Madden his dues, revealing that the referee had apologized to him in the Ibrox tunnel the next time he took charge of a Rangers game at Govan.

“Let’s be fair if we are still talking about players with referees, we just want to be able to talk to a referee,” said Halliday.

“You had the audacity to return to Ibrox about three or four weeks later, but I remember that you apologized for the decision made in the tunnel.

“Fortunately, that was canceled, but I was fired a week later for celebrating in the middle of the park, so I don’t know what they are talking about in their spare time! “

Andy Halliday spent five years with the Rangers, making 152 appearances and scoring 18 goals for the club. (Photo by Mark Runnacles / Getty Images)

Born and raised bluenose Andy Halliday left his childhood club this summer and remains optimistic about reaching an agreement elsewhere before the new season.

A player who has given everything for the club and has played a vital role in getting us to where we are, Ranger fans around the world will wish the 28-year-old the best of luck for the rest of his career.

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