Date: 4th February 2019 at 5:15pm
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Steve Clarke has called on SFA Compliance Officer Clare Whyte to hand Jermain Defoe a retrospective suspension.

On Saturday the on loan Bournemouth striker took a tumble in the box against St Mirren with Andrew Dallas awarding one of four penalties to the Ibrox side. It has been claimed that the referee asked Defoe if he had dived.

Kilmarnock host the club from Ibrox on Saturday in the Scottish Cup with all eyes on who the SFA will appoint to take charge of that match.

Clarke has had a number of referee related run-in’s this season and didn’t hold back when he faced the media this morning.

“One of our players (Jordan Jones) was suspended for two games earlier in the season for going to ground too easily,” he told The Sun.

“There was a media furore. A witch hunt against the player. Nothing on the same scale from Saturday’s game, Rangers versus St Mirren.

“Hopefully the compliance officer (Clare Whyte) will do her job. It doesn’t affect us, I am nor particularly advocating (a sanction), but I just want consistency. So if our player gets a two-game ban, I look forward to seeing what happens this week.”

Clarke’s first clash of the season with the SFA came in August when Gary Dicker had his appeal for a red card issued against Hearts rejected. The Kilmarnock boss claimed that the case never stood a chance as the SFA wouldn’t undermine Willie Collum in the build up to taking charge of the first Glasgow derby of the season.

Both Collum and Dallas are members of the highly influential Lanarkshire Referee Association.