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Robbie Neilson calls out dodgy Ibrox officials

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Robbie Neilson has hit out at Don Robertson for sending him off at Ibrox on Saturday- something that no Scottish referee has done to a home player in more than two years.

Trailing 1-0 to a first half goal from John Lundstram, Hearts were pushing for an equaliser to preserve their unbeaten start to the SPFL season. Andy Halliday remained on the bench.

Tussling for a ball close to the touchline Stephen Kingsley won a throw in off of Juninho Bacuna, looking to stall the game the Ibrox ace raised his hand to Kingsley’s throat in a strangling motion.

Neilson was incensed at the attempted time wasting and the actions of the former Huddersfield star, for his actions he was sent from the dug-out, missing Craig Halkett’s 90th minute equaliser.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the Hearts boss said:

I didn’t see the goal but I just heard the silence, which was nice. I was delighted. I was in the tunnel area and couldn’t get down. I was disappointed to get the second yellow, but that’s football.

I’m more disappointed with the fourth official. The boy grabbed Stephen Kingsley by the throat right in front of him.

It’s a red card. He didn’t do it so we complained and I complained again and got a second one but, look, when you come to these places you are not going to get those decisions. It was a stonewaller.

No Sevco player has been sent off since Alfredo Morelos was red carded in stoppage time against Celtic in December 2019. Leon Balogun, Kemar Roofe, Lundstram and Glen Kamara have been sent off in European matches this year.

Euan Anderson was the fourth official at Ibrox, he is a school-teacher in Clydebank.

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3 comments

  • John mcghee says:

    Well its now time for managers to take there players of the pitch if the corrupt officials dont protect there players because sevco players no this now so thats why they do it look at morelos yet again horrible scum player he is nae wonder no other clubs are wanting himnhes a thug.

    • KC67 says:

      Totally agree. The cheating is becoming laughable. Also, teams should walk off the park when the scum start the sectarian singing at greyskull. That’s what’s needed for UEFA to be involved.

  • James Burns says:

    Oh come on, it was no more than an honest mistake….. plenty of them involving the nine year old tribute act.

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