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Dallas can still remember the events building up to the game that broke Celtic hearts, because he's still bemused he took charge at all
Hugh Dallas MBE was referee at Fir Park on the fateful day in May 2005
when Motherwell beat Celtic to hand Rangers the title in the most
But Scottish football history could have been dramatically different if
Dallas had called the Fir Park clash off — as he came close to doing.
Now one of Uefa’s three refereeing officers — he, Italian Pierluigi
Collina and Marc Batta of France control all refereeing matters in
Europe — Dallas can still remember the events building up to the game
that broke Celtic hearts, because he’s still bemused he took charge at
Dallas,59, recalled: “I knew that weekend was going to be my last game
as a referee. But in retrospect, doing the Motherwell v Celtic game was a
surprise appointment for me.
“The game was the first-ever Helicopter Sunday, with Motherwell’s game
and Hibs v Rangers taking place at the same time and the trophy being
taken by helicopter to whoever the title-winners would be.
“I knew I was on the list of referees to handle a game that weekend and I was wondering where I’d go.
“But I can remember talking to Kenny Clark the weekend before and saying
to him I was a certainty for Easter Road, because you could practically
see Fir Park from my house in Motherwell.
“On the Monday morning Stuart Dougal rang me in my car and asked if I’d seen the refereeing appointments.
“I said, ‘Easter Road?’ and he said ‘no’. I felt a bit deflated because
my first thought was that my last game was going to be one that didn’t
“Then he said, ‘You’re at Motherwell.’
“I was really surprised. I hardly slept all week because everything was
riding on that game. I can remember the day vividly — what people might
not know is that the game was so close to being postponed.
“It rained all the Sunday morning and when I got to Fir Park the area in
the top right-hand corner was badly flooded. The ground staff guys were
working so hard on it but, initially, I said there was no way that bit
of the pitch was playable.
“It opened up all kinds of scenarios. The SPL obviously wanted the two
games at the same time so nobody got an advantage. But I had to be sure
the pitch was safe for the players going on to it. I couldn’t have it
being played in farcical conditions.
“I don’t know what would’ve happened if I’d postponed it. I assume
Rangers’ game would’ve gone ahead and presumably Celtic’s would’ve taken
“But the Fir Park guys worked hard and got it playable, which I don’t
mind admitting was a relief. And of course, the twist was that a few
hours later, the sun was shining and you’d never have known the game had
been in any doubt.”
Dallas still lives close to Fir Park but the world he now inhabits is
more about the dizzy heights of the Champions League than the Scottish
The morning after the Champions League semi-final first legs ten days
ago, he and his two Uefa colleagues had a Skype discussion to confirm
the officials that would handle last week’s second legs.
It seems curious to think that behind the doors of his front garden —
with its immaculately-tended artificial grass lawn — European football’s
movers and shakers are discussing matters of high import.
But in the days of global media much of his work can be done from North Lanarkshire.
He said: “The three of us will have conversations after European
fixtures, discussing how the games went and who should take charge of
the next round.
“I can actually get to Geneva faster than I can get to Aberdeen — a
drive to Edinburgh then a two-hour Easyjet flight to Switzerland.
“But in the days of Skype, we can live anywhere. Pierluigi is in Italy and Marc’s in Switzerland, but we’re in constant contact.
“We’ll start looking at appointments in the major competitions from the
quarter-final stage. The three of us will send proposals to Uefa’s
referee committee, for them to check for any anomalies.
“That’s a good thing — we’ve had cases before where one of the members
has reminded us that, for example, ‘three years ago there was that
controversial incident’. So when making appointments, the more heads
there are, the better.
“It can be tricky — in the latter stages of competitions we wait until
the first legs are done before making the appointments for the second
leg. But you could have Team X having had a referee from say, Turkey, in
the last round, so you need to be careful you don’t appoint another
referee from the same country.
“It can be a logistical minefield. When you get to the final stages, you
look for the right guy for the game but maybe his country still have a
team in the competition. After that you look for what we call a ‘clean
referee’ — someone from a country with no clubs left in it.
“Sometimes it’s a disadvantage to come from a big football country. In
Pierluigi’s day Italian clubs were really strong, then it was the
English clubs who were doing well, which meant British refs suffered.
“It now affects Spanish officials. A Spanish referee was appointed for
the Monaco v Juventus first leg, but we’d never have put him in charge
of the second leg because that could’ve determined which team got
through to face a Spanish team in the final. We also try to work closely
with the national associations. We don’t want a referee having a
domestic game on a Sunday if he’s refereeing a Champions League fixture
on a Tuesday.
“We also advise them to try to avoid their officials coming back from a
Europa League tie on a Friday and having a domestic game on a Saturday.
“Referees must have sufficient recovery time to help them avoid injury.”
HUGH DALLAS is 12 years retired as a ref — and admits he doesn’t miss being in the heart of things one bit.
He says the introduction of additional assistant referees — AARs — has changed the way matches are handled.
He said: “I don’t miss being a referee. I don’t know what it would be like working with an additional referee.
“To be running towards the penalty area not looking at the ball — I’d find that very hard.
“If players are running towards the AAR, he’s looking at them. The ref’s
running and watching what’s happening in the penalty area.
“Domestic matches are difficult because there are no additional officials, except in cup finals.
“It’s a different style of refereeing to my days in amateurs and juniors
when you didn’t even have linesmen so you’d to catch offsides as well!
“The important thing for an official coming to the end of his career is
to know when to stop. I stopped early but at the top — and I’ve no
regrets about doing so.
“That season I did, I was at Broadwood doing a Clyde game in the
December. It was cold and when my two young assistants came in I didn’t
know who they were. I thought then, ‘it’s time’.
“What you do miss are the laughs. I can go back a long time to being an
assistant for a game at Shawfield involving Clyde when Craig Brown was
“Kevin O’Donnell was referee for the match and at one stage Craig shouted, ‘Any chance of a penalty, Kevin?’
“Kevin came back quick as a flash, ‘Mr. Brown, for me to give your team a penalty, they’d need to get into the penalty box!’
“There were lots of quips like that and you miss that kind of stuff.”
IT’S the criticism that annoys Hugh Dallas more than anything.
The suggestion assistant referees in games contribute nothing and don’t make big calls.
He says the evidence is that they DO — they just don’t show it.
He said: “The assistants are miked up and they’re constantly communicating.
“But at Uefa we tell them NOT to wave their arms or be demonstrative. Don’t be the star of the show, just communicate.
“We record the conversations so we can check on how to improve things — ‘Don’t say that’, ‘You should be saying this’.
“Assistants have definitely helped. In the 2014 Scottish Cup Final
Stevie May of St Johnstone punched the ball into the net and that
wouldn’t have been seen by the referee.
“Alan Muir was behind the goal and got it spot on — he caught it and not
only saved the ref’s embarrassment, he saved the reputation of the
player, because him scoring a goal by punching the
ball into the net would’ve lived with him forever.
“Strangely Alan was also the assistant when there was one missed — when
Josh Meekings of Inverness handled in the following year’s Cup
semi-final against Celtic.
“But it’s not that the official has seen it and decided to ignore it,
it’s the fact it’s happened so fast he’s just not seen it.”
IT’S his hometown club — but it’s a little-known fact he almost became their BOSS.
Hugh Dallas was given the chance to become CEO at Motherwell after he’d retired from refereeing.
But in the end he felt it wasn’t the job for him.
He said: “John Boyle rang me and asked if it was something I’d be interested in.
“I was ready to go off on holiday and we discussed it over lunch. Frankly, it ruined my break as I could think of nothing else.
“I told him I’d think it over but the more I considered it, the more personal issues there seemed to be.
“I’d run successful businesses before but I didn’t know if having the responsibility of running a club was what I wanted to do.
“In the end I told John it wasn’t for me — and he went on to employ one of the best CEOs in the business in Leeann Dempster.”
HE’D hesitate to call it a dynasty.
And Hugh Dallas steers clear of passing comment on son Andrew — who’s been on the FIFA list since January 2015.
He said: “I don’t get involved in Andrew’s games. I give as much
coaching and encouragement as I can. It was his choice and I had to
persuade him to stay involved at the start.
“I told him we’ve all had weekends where someone’s had to put the
Cadbury’s Cookies under the bed because we don’t want to come out from
“I had to remind him he’d put a lot of hard work into it.
“Like all the top guys, he’s dedicated, trains every day, watches what he eats, relies on a very understanding employer.
“He’s 33 and still learning his trade. I’ll leave it to others to
compare him to his father — but I’d certainly say he’s a better
man-manager than I was at his stage.
“I’ll analyse highlights with him, show where he can improve on specific areas of his game.”