Celtic won their second Scottish League Cup in a row on Sunday, as they ran out 2-0 winners over Motherwell at Hampden Park.
A beautiful finish from James Forrest just after the break gave Celtic the lead and Moussa Dembele wrapped things up for the Glasgow side when he slotted home a penalty after 60 minutes.
That penalty, however, was ill gotten in the eyes of the majority of observers, including BT Sport commentator and Celtic legend Chris Sutton, and became the major talking point of the final.
The incident that led to the controversial spotter involved Celtic’s Scott Sincliar and Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre. After managing to get in behind Kipre, Sinclair cut across the French defender in the penalty area and hit the deck upon the merest suggestion of physical contact. Referee Craig Thompson, however, was satisfied that Sinclair had been followed and not only awarded the penalty but chose to show Kipre a red card.
“I felt a little bit of contact,” Sinclair said of the incident later(via The Sun). “It doesn’t matter how much contact there is. I got a little tug on my arm and I went down.”
The incident and that quote sparked outrage on Twitter…
Scott Sinclair " I felt a bit of contact and I went down."
Pretty much just admitting he dived
— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) November 26, 2017
“I felt a little bit of contact and went down” Scott Sinclair. That quote is exactly what is wrong with football.
— DandiesDaily (@DandiesDaily) November 26, 2017
Scott Sinclair: “I felt a little contact on my arm so I went down.”
Football needs make up its mind: is it a contact sport or not?
— Chris Cairns (@cairnstoon) November 26, 2017
Scott Sinclair pic.twitter.com/FXDsBwqBAW
— Ben (@ben12_) November 26, 2017
Scott Sinclair’s highlights from the League Cup Final. pic.twitter.com/vtHc8Gq2Rk
— Hutchie (@ScotsHutchie) November 26, 2017
@Scotty_Sinclair you should be embarrassed with that today. Hope you're proud of yourself watching a fellow professional walk off in tears in what will probably be the biggest game of his career because of your dive. #cheat
— Gordon Whyte (@whyte_whyte9) November 26, 2017
Scott Sinclair is an embarrassment to Scottish football. A disgraceful dive!!! ?
— Hibs News (@HibsNews1875) November 26, 2017
I hate seeing my own player dive probably more than when an opposition player does it. Disappointing from Scott Sinclair, even worse from Craig Thomson. Butcher is right, diving is a total disease in our game. Diving should be punishable by red card, nothing else can stop it imo.
— Daniel Bowers (@DanielBowers95) November 26, 2017
Doesn't take much for Scott Sinclair to fall over.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) November 26, 2017
Another joke decision from Craig Thomson. Scott Sinclair dives and Kipre off. Kills the game for Motherwell. Pathetic decision from a referee that shouldn't be on the cup final
— Fraser Wallace (@Fraser_92) November 26, 2017
Scott Sinclair should be embarrassed with that dive. Yet another star performer from the SFA’s hall of fame of referees!!
— Graham Hopkins (@Hops1970) November 26, 2017
To label Scott Sinclair a cheat/diver is absurd and unfair. Contact is there but it’s a very soft penalty and never a red card. Always told though if you feel contact in the box, go down
— Andrew Meade (@AndrewMeade_) November 26, 2017
— DWilhelmsson (@DWilhelmsson) November 26, 2017
— Sean Graham (@SeanGraham92) November 26, 2017
— Richard Nasmyth (@NasmythRichard) November 26, 2017
— Uncle Pablo (@UnclePablo81) November 26, 2017
If I was a Motherwell player I’d find it hard not to go right through Scott Sinclair at some point in remainder of game. He’s too good a player and Celtic too good a team to resort to cheating in a cup final.
— Jamie Beatson (@jamiebeatson) November 26, 2017