At the end of the day, they explained that the penalty for handball wasn't given as they weren't looking for a handball, only the shirt pull.
However - that simply doesn't wash as an excuse. It's not an acceptable excuse to say 'oopsie, we missed it....sowwy'. We suffered a few poor ones at the start of the season that were waved away with 'well it's inconclusive, what can you do, the angles weren't there' so to have the angles clearly there and them to have nowhere to hide so admit stupidity is not really consolation nor reassuring.
We're told that officials in Scotland are highly qualified and highly trained. VAR was put in place to catch 'clear and obvious' misses and last night was as clear and obvious as they come. There have been several - dozens - of incidents where an official is quite happy to take all the time required with lengthy checks before coming to a decision so the rush job of this particular decision, less than 20 seconds and missing a glaring error is baffling. What was the time constraint there in stopping and having a proper look rather than what amounted no doubt to a cursory glance?
Every club in Scotland has been on the wrong end of what feels like a laundry list of these decisions and every club in Scotland pays through the nose to keep a system in place that in effect is not bad but is run by utter incompetents.
It's about time that clubs actually banded together and outright refuse the process of the VAR money being deducted from end of season prize money. Collectively, clubs are being shafted here and it's all fun and games pointing and laughing when a team you don't like gets a shoddy one against them but in reality, we're all losers here as every one of our teams get a raw deal from it and pay for that privilege.
I'd be quite happy to see St. Mirren taking a stand here and publicly refusing to continue to pay a high premium for a service that is completely shoddy.