Dallas: the Scottish football soap opera rumbles on
Things may never be the same again in Scottish football after the departure of Hugh Dallas.
On the field he was one of Scotland's top refs and with the work he also did for Uefa in helping to choose officials for the Champions League, I would lay money on him ending up with Europe's governing body in some capacity sooner rather than later.
An email concerning the papal visit appears to have been at the root of his downfall, with the Dallas family understood to be devastated at what was felt to be a witch-hunt over the last month over the issue.
One man's tragedy then, but what mark will it leave on the wider canvas of the Scottish game?
I think a seismic shift is underway in our game with the events of recent weeks.
The tectonic plates of Scottish football are crashing together throwing the game into a state of upheaval.
Celtic's doggedness in taking on the Scottish Football Association over what they felt were wrongs done to them over the Dougie McDonald affair and indeed at perceived injustices served up by the SFA itself, could herald a change in attitude by other clubs who might previously have run scared from a scrap with the powerbrokers.
The Parkhead club have shown an unwillingness to bend the knee and others will have watched and learned.
Those in power at Hampden suddenly look to have an Achilles heel.
The departure of Dallas comes at a tumultuous time for Scottish football
President George Peat pleaded this week that innuendo and inference must cease.
He didn't say who he was talking about, although the world knew that it was Celtic.
But Celtic are in no mood to listen and many will feel they have taken their first scalp.
Chief executive Stewart Regan pitched up from Yorkshire Cricket Club, but Scottish football and particularly the febrile atmosphere surrounding our two biggest clubs, may well see him stumped as he tries in vain to bat away the barrage of googlies which have reined down on him.
The issue of foreign referees may also turn out to be a Trojan horse.
Ask supporters of other clubs if they think they get the rub of the green against Celtic and Rangers and the answer will be always be a resounding no.
There were times in the past when the big city clubs in Scotland were not outgunned to anything like the same financial extent as they are now by the Glasgow giants, yet their combined trophy hauls over their respective histories would scarcely trouble the cabinets at Ibrox or Celtic Park.
Now that the principle of foreign referees has been accepted, albeit in exceptional circumstances, some clubs who may feel that they have historically suffered from an imbalance in favour of the big two, could think that that could be redressed in future, if referees from other shores, not subject to the unique pressures of Scottish football, were to officiate at their matches.
They may be wrong in that assessment but they may nevertheless think it an experiment worth toying with.
And even if the foreign experiment is no more than a one-off, our own referees will surely be emboldened by the flexing of their muscles and the realisation of the power they can wield as a unified force.
The Dallas episode may represent the first casualty in this drama, but his departure may just be the start of an earthquake which will shake Scottish football to the core.
And how about this for a wee afterthought?
The Scottish Premier League is meant to be our top league with the member clubs our biggest and best.
Instead of hearing from their chief executive, it would be good to hear from the real powerbrokers in a week which has shaken our game to its very roots.