Celtic were beaten by Juve – but they were let down by the referee. Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus were all that was missing from this wrestling extravaganza
09:46 GMT, 13 February 2013
14:02 GMT, 13 February 2013
Celtic's Champions League dream lies in ruins after a 3-0 defeat by Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie but they were not helped by the referee.
Celtic should have had a penalty for the blatant holding at corners which, had they converted, could have put a completely different perspective on the game.
Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca chose to discipline Hoops striker Gary Hooper and Juve defender Stephan Lichtsteiner when clashes occurred and did so before the corner was taken, meaning a penalty could not be awarded.
Corner chaos: Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon got to grips with Celtic striker Gary Hooper
Too close: The tussle between Buffon, Hooper and Stephan Lichtsteiner was like a wrestling match
Now for the headlock: Hooper is held in the box by Lichsteiner
Hands off: Hooper and Lichsteiner carry on their struggles
Up in arms: Scott Brown gets the treatment too, from Simone Padoin
Pushing their luck: Brown has words with Andrea Pirlo after another round of shoving
That is a good way of letting players know you have seen the holding and blocking and will not tolerate it.
However, when it continues unabated, despite those yellow cards, you have a duty to increase the punishment. Some of it reminded me of the old ITV wrestling days.
King of the ring: Wrestler Mick McManus tries to slam Tommy Cooper in the first show of ABC TV's new series Life with Cooper. Did Juventus watch this
Two falls, one submission, or a knockout: Big Daddy in typical ITV wrestling pose
Choker: In tactics Juve might have liked, Giant Haystacks defeats South African champion Danny Voges
So either red cards should have been shown or preferably at least one penalty awarded for the blatant holding.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon had every right to feel hard done by.
Appeal: Hooper got nothing out of Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenca – apart from a booking
Fuming: Celtic manager Neil Lennon (right) was raging with referee Mallenca as the Hoops went down to Juve