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‘IT’S NOT A PENALTY-KICK,’ INSISTS DONS BOSS

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ABERDEEN boss Stephen Glass was unhappy with two controversial refereeing decisions from John Beaton as his side were held to a 2-2 draw by Rangers at Ibrox last night.

The whistler upset the Dons gaffer and his players with a free-kick decision that led to Alfredo Morelos’ 20th-minute goal that cut the visitors’ advantage in half after efforts from Christian Ramirez and Scott Brown inside quarter of an hour.

Steven Gerrard’s side were also gifted a spot-kick in the 81st minute when the ref adjudged to have brought down substitute Fashion Sakala.

PAYING THE PENALTY…David Bates boots the ball clear as Fashion Sakala hits the ground as Scott Brown and keeper Joe Lewis protest the spot-kick award.

THE EQUALISER…James Tavernier slams the second goal past Joe Lewis.

Skipper James Tavernier fired the award beyond the sprawling Joe Lewis for the equaliser.

Pittodrie manager Glass, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “They are a really good team with really good players, so to get undone by a free-kick that doesn’t look like a free-kick and a penalty that doesn’t look like a penalty, I think that’s good for us.

“I think you can tell by players’ reactions when free-kicks are free-kicks and penalties are penalties.

“You could see that Lewis was very disappointed with the refereeing decision. He got yellow-carded for it, for shouting at him.

“The penalty-kick doesn’t look like a penalty-kick to me. Yes, (having seen it again) it’s not a penalty-kick. It is a little bit of a coming together, it isn’t a penalty-kick.

END GAME…Stephen Glass and Steven Gerrard at the final whistle.

“The boys put in a performance like that, the work-rate, effort and Rangers have a brilliant group of players, but we get undone with that and it is very disappointing.”

It was a tremendous effort from the Dons, who had stopped the rot of 10 successive matches without a victory with a 1-0 home win over Hibs at the weekend.

There was a perfectly-observed minute’s silence before the match to commemorate the memory of Rangers legend Walter Smith whose death at the age of 73 was announced by the club on Tuesday.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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