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Hibs go public on SFA criticism after Brown and Simunovic ‘escape’ punishment

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Leeann Dempster has hit out at the failure of the Compliane Officer to cite players following the recent 2-0 defeat to the league leaders.

Hibs defender Darnell Johnson found his booking for a foul on upgraded to a red and two match suspension with no other sanctions applied from that fixture.

Straight after the match there was little said about any other incidents but within 24 hours challenges from Scott Brown and were being questioned on social media.

With the doing little to explain what incidents are reviewed the system is wide open to suspicion with even the chief executive of a leading club unsure about how justice is applied.

I don’t pass comment necessarily on Darnell’ tackle,” Dempster told the Daily Record. “But the fact is within that game there were a few other incidents, let’s put it that way.

If he was cited for his tackle the least I expected was there would be others – the tackles on Oli Shaw and Mark Milligan to name two.

“I don’t want to re- games but if you’re going to do it it has to be done in a fairer way because I don’t think it is at the minute. If you’re going to re-referee a game, re-referee the whole game – not just a part of it.

My understanding is a complaint was made and that’s why it was brought to the attention of the compliance officer. Who made the complaint is never disclosed but it can be anyone, including a fan.

Trial by Sportscene? Absolutely, no one is going to convince me otherwise. That is exactly what it is, as well as still photography.”

Johnson had his appeal against his retrospective red card rejected by the and served the first match of his suspension in Saturday’s win over Accies.

are away to Hibs on March 2 in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

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