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Houston angry at penalty verdict

Peter Houston reckons that an incorrect penalty decision cost his side a draw against SPL leaders Rangers at the weekend.

Referee Calum Murray instead showed a yellow card to midfielder Danny Swanson for diving after going down inside the area following a collision with Rangers defender Dorin Goian.

"I have seen it a number of times on television and it was a stonewall penalty kick, no doubts about it," an angry Houston told BBC Scotland. "Danny got a yellow card for diving. It was never a dive in a million years.

"Danny has an area to run into and the guy's leg prevents him from running into it," he added. "He is 10 yards from goal - why would he go down there? He has the skill to score goals from there. The players feel hard done by."

However, Houston had no complaints over the later dismissal of striker Johnny Russell for aiming a headbutt at Rangers' Kirk Broadfoot.

"It was sheer stupidity from a young lad," he admitted. "Hopefully he learns from it because football has no place for anybody who wants to stick the head in another person's face."

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Date:Monday September 12 2011

Time: 1:56PM

 

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