Writer: Tactful Sheik
Date:Thursday August 7 2008
The SPL reach a completely "impartial" decision this week by fining Craig Levein for making a stand against Mike McCurry`s disgraceful performance at Ibrox last season.
Levein will have to cough up £5,000 for publically criticising McCurry and accusing the inept referee of "bottling" out of some crucial decisions during a 3-1 victory for Rangers on the 10th of May.
"Dundee United manager Craig Levein has today been fined £5000 by the General Purposes Committee for comments made following the Rangers v Dundee United match on May 10 2008," said a statement on the official SFA website.
"Mr Levein was found to be in breach of the following Articles of Association- 123 - Bringing the game into disrepute, 126 - Criticising the performance of match officials in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence."
Before the controversial match at Ibrox, Dundee United were still in with a chance of winning the remaining UEFA cup spot, but McCurry put an end to that by not awarding a stonewall penalty and chalking off a legitimate goal.
First of all, McCurry waved away Noel Hunts claims that he was deliberately brought down by David Weir inside the penalty area - when instead it should have been a spotkick to United and a red card for Weir.
Then, the whistler refused to award a United goal, after Danny Swanson`s shot deflected off David Weir into the back of his own net - instead Rangers were awarded a free kick for offside.
Then, as manager Levein was going mental on the touchline, McCurry took no action against Daniel Cousin, as the Rangers striker deliberately head-butted Lee Wilkie.
The former Leicester City and Hearts manager still has the option to appeal the decision, but might not take the risk, since the SFA could also impose an additional touch line ban if his appeal failed.... which is very likely.
"I said what I honestly felt at the time. I wasn't going to go in and apologise for anything I said," admitted Levein to the BBC.
"It was a poor performance and I'm still angry about it."
Date:Thursday August 7 2008
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