Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

SPL Managers Not Allowed An Opinion

SPL Managers Not Allowed An Opinion

Scottish football managers clearly aren't allowed to have an opinion about referees, otherwise they are made to suffer by the SFA.

This season several SPL managers have been fined for voicing their concerns about certain decisions - with Saint Mirren boss Gus MacPherson fined £500 the other day for his comments during the Dundee United Scottish Cup match on the 16th of January.

Although, MacPherson's comments weren't specifically aimed at one single decision made by the match referee, but at the attitude of one of the linesmen.

During his after-match interview, the Buddies manager went berserk and starting criticising assistant referee James Bee for what he called an "arrogant" response.

"I made a comment to the referee and he [James Bee] came back with an arrogant remark. His arrogance beggars belief," said MacPherson after the match.

Dundee United beat Saint Mirren with a late strike from David Robertson giving Craig Levein's side a 3-2 victory.

"I've been asked to clarify the remarks, and I've sent a response saying I stand by them," admitted MacPherson last month when asked to clarify his comments by the SFA.

"I said at the time, I felt the remarks were justified. It's a decision for the SFA's general purposes committee, whether they decide to take it a stage further, but they were also asking if the quotes attributed to myself were accurate."

"The quotes that were highlighted in the luminous pen that was highlighting them were accurate, but as I say, I stand by them."

It's no surprise that MacPherson is expected to appeal the decision, perhaps he should claim that not allowing him to have an opinion is an infringement of his human rights?

Ironically, Dundee United's Craig Levein is one of the few managers to apologise to a referee this season, after an incident in a goalless SPL clash with Dunfermline at the end of January.

Levein was sure that Jon Daly had been brought down in the penalty box, but referee Dougie McDonald had a better view of the incident and saw that it was infact Craig Conway that had knocked over his teammate Daly.

At the post-match interview Levein criticised the referee, but after watching a replay of the incident offered the Scottish whistler a full apology for getting the decision spot-on.

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Irish Influx Expected In The Summer?
Magic Boots - At A Cinema Near You?
Dundee Upset By Result Of Coin Toss
Levein Goes Scouting For Talent
More Injury Worries For Craig Levein
Celtic Can Still Beat AC Milan
Weekend Used For Shooting Practice
Goodwillie Not Joining Airdrie...Yet
We Benefit From Watching AC Milan
Only £251,535 Behind Hull City?
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Thursday March 1 2007
Time: 12:33PM

Best of Vital Scottish Football

Comments

0
There's nothing new in this though is there? You can't say anything about these guys. However I would be interested to know exactly what Gus says the linesman said to him......maybe the reason he's unkeen to say is that he'd be quite embarrassed about the fracas he's caused about nothing.
MrH
01/03/2007 13:00:00
0
Wouldnt be surprised if it was a 4-letter word, but since MacPherson probably shouts many of them over the course of a match - its bound to be a case of pots & kettles!
ArabJacques
01/03/2007 13:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

New Rules For 2016/17 - Reminder

With only a few weeks to go until proper football returns following the European Championships this summer...

United hopeful over defender

Dundee United were hoping for positive news regarding full-back Paul Dixon.

Keeper wants quality to shine

New goalkeeper Cammy Bell wants Dundee United to show the Premiership quality he believes they genuinely possess.

Tangerines again on the spot

Dundee United came from behind to defeat League Cup Group C favourites Inverness Caledonian Thistle on penalties at the Caledonian Stadium.

For the second time in three games, United claimed a bonus point with a 4-1 shoot-out victory after a close 1-1 draw in the Highlands.

Scott Boden headed the home side into the lead when Carl Tremarco delivered a long throw helped on by Gary Warren ten minutes before the break.

However, midweek hat-trick hero Simon Murray chased down the

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes93%
No7%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Aberdeen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Celtic 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Dundee 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Hearts 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Inverness 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Kilmarnock 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Motherwell 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Partick 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Ross County 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 St. Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)