SCOTS referee Craig Thomson was at the centre of a Champions League storm last night as nine-man Besiktas were thrashed 6-0 away to Dinamo Kiev.
It was the Ukranian team’s first win in the competition and had disastrous consequences for the Turkish outfit as Napoli and Benfica qualified for the last 16 from Group B.
Besiktas finished on seven points, one behind the Lisbon giants who lost 2-1 at home to the Serie A team who topped the section on 11 points.
The match in Kiev turned in the 31st minute when the home team were awarded a controversial penalty-kick and Andreas Beck was sent off for what looked an innocuous challenge on Derlis Gonzalez.
Andriy Yarmonlenko swept in the award to double his side’s advantage after Artem Besydin’s opener in the ninth minute.
The Turks were shattered and Vitaliy Buyalsky and Gonzalez added to their woes with two more strikes before the interval.
They were reduced to nine men in the 56th minute when Thomson produced a second yellow card for Vincent Aboubakar after he kicked the ball away in frustration.
Their misery was complete when Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes took the total to six, but, at least, they have the consolation of the Europa League after the turn of the year.
Earlier this season, Thomson was summoned by the SFA to explain his refusal to co-operate with BT Sport at a St Johnstone v Celtic match that kicked off early and resulted in the broadcaster losing advertising.
Former Hoops striker Chris Sutton, now a pundit with the satellite giants, had criticised Thomson for “bottling” decisions in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Dundee at Dens Park the previous week.
Thomson will be in charge of the champions’ Premiership clash against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday night.