Yesterday, Hearts manager Robbie Neilson received a notice of complaint regarding his comments on referee Willie Collum's performance when he officiated the Jambos' match at Hamilton Accies.
With 15 minutes to go and Hearts 2-1 up, full-back Callum Paterson upended an Accies player with a foul.
A yellow-card offence you would have thought only for Collum to flash a straight red.
Down to 10 men, Hearts duly paid the price with the loss of two late goals as a winning position turned into a defeat.
The club appealed the red card and the SFA, having a rare moment of common sense, agreed with Hearts that their referee had made an incorrect call and down-graded Paterson's foul to a yellow card.
However, their next course of action has had many scratching their heads in bemusement.
Instead of having a word with their official or even putting him on a 'refresher' course - given that this is not the first time Collum has been involved in a controversial decision that has been shown to be incorrect on his part - the SFA decided to throw the book at Neilson.
Why? Well here's what the Hearts manager said after the game in question:
“Every game we get a referee, we look at the stats and what way they referee the game. In certain games, certain referees will make decisions that another referee wouldn’t make.
“This game, with the officials we were getting, we knew there was a high probability of a man being sent off and it’s happened again.
"We tried to train with 10 men but we didn’t get our gameplan going as when it happened, with who came off, it made it difficult for us.”
“The statistics back me up. I didn’t question any integrity, I didn’t comment on a performance.
“The statistics are there for everyone to see if you do your homework on it. They basically asked me about my comments about training.
“If they want me to justify all my training then I’ll send it all through to them."
Examine Neilson's comments again. 'Bias'? Nowhere does he say that Collum deliberately gave decisions against his team.
'Incompetence'? The fact that the SFA themselves overruled Collum's controversial red card suggests that they thought, that with this particular incident, their official had shown a degree of 'incompetence'.
So are they going to charge themselves?.
Some may point to Neilson's comments about referee stats as being 'over the mark'.
Well let's have a look. The below is taken from STV's website which shows a chart of the amount of red cards dished out by Scottish referees from the start of the 2013-14 season to September 11, 2015.
See if you can spot the referee whose red card count stands out:
Compared with his colleagues, his statistics are alarming and shows that someone clearly has issues with regard to how he performs in his role.
A former employee of the SFA, Mark Wotte - who had been their Director of Football Performance - posted on Twitter last night that Neilson was entitled to prepare his team for a scenario where they might be reduced to 10 men in a game. He said:
"Robbie Neilson practising 10 v 11 is something every coach should do during the week as part of match preparation."
If a referee was fussy with penalising at the scrum, Lineen said he would tailor his side's gameplan to ensure that Glasgow didn't fall foul of the fussy whistler in question.
He was never pulled up for such comments. Other rugby coaches would say the same thing as well and not be hauled in by that game's beaks.
Maybe because common sense is actually applied by rugby's authorities in comparison to football's?
Returning to Neilson, the statistics and the SFA overruling Collum's decision clearly highlight that this particular official is not performing as well as his colleagues.
Yet remarkably, nothing is done to resolve this with Collum himself. From an outsider's perspective, it seems the official should be placed in a retraining programme to curb his apparent eagerness (check the above stats) to produce a red card when a yellow- or no card at all - would be necessary.
Unless Neilson has 'libelled' Collum - which he hasn't - then there should be no case to answer.
Collum though, should be answering one but he won't. The SFA tend to convey the impression of turning a blind eye when one of their own makes a major cock-up.
So instead, they'll waste Neilson's time in order to do a bit of 'muscle-flexing' towards an uppity club manager.
While neglecting the real problem at hand.
Because one gets the feeling Collum will not be content with a meagre 24 red cards to his name.