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Football: GIVE US PEACE; Ref Dougal invites Gers boss for talks.

Byline: KENNY ROSS

RANGERS' boss Dick Advocaat was last night asked to open the Ibrox doors for 'clear the air' talks with ref Stuart Dougal.

The FIFA official is ready to meet Advocaat after the Dutchman criticised his sending off of three Gers players this season.

Dougal is ready to talk through his decisions in an attempt to dispel any paranoia the Ibrox boss may harbour about the red cards.

Advocaat singled out the Grade One whistler as the main reason for his side's poor disciplinary record this season.

But despite the dismissal of three Ibrox men, the ref refuses to believe that Advocaat is waging a vendetta against him. But Dougal extended an olive branch yesterday in a bid to defuse what is fast developing into an explosive situation.

He said: "I really don't think Dick Advocaat has a persecution complex over Stuart Dougal. However, if he felt I was victimising him or his club then I would be more than happy to have a clear the air meeting."

Advocaat's temper appears to have snapped with the game's officials. He fired a broadside at Dougal on the club's website, saying: "Why should I be concerned about discipline when one man is responsible for half the red cards we've had this season?"

Dougal is prepared to sit down with Advocaat now and he insists all Rangers have to do to make the talks happen is pick up the phone to his bosses at the SFA.

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SEEING; RED: Dick Advocaat; GOOD TO TALK: Dougal
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2001
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