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NOT THE RAG Lose the gag; Darren: Refs must start explaining decisions Refs must give clarity.

Byline: Craig Swan

DARREN MCGREGOR believes Scotland's referees need to speak out.

The Hibs defender revealed players and coaches want explanations after his manager Neil Lennon launched a blistering blast at the standards of top-flight officiating.

Lennon was disgusted at Kevin Clancy's decision to award Kilmarnock a penalty in the 2-2 weekend draw for a Ryan Porteous handball. After being sent to the Turn to Winner 3 From Winner Front stand the Easter Road gaffer let rip having cited a series of decisions that have wrongly gone against his club this term and claimed Clancy has a vendetta against him.

And McGregor said: "I'd like to hear what the ref had to say about it. I'm not sure if he thought it was his left hand that the ball hit but he obviously got it wrong.

"I go back to the Hearts game when we got that unjust decision against us when the ball was over the line.

"Steven McLean said to me during the game, 'Listen, I've made a mistake.' He had the courage to come out and say that. You get these mistakes being made but it would give us a bit of clarity.

"It would help. It is always refreshing to hear someone's opinion, especially the man who has given such a decision. It always seems to be brought up when you're on the end of a bad decision but I think John McGinn went over to try to remonstrate with him and he wasn't interested."

Lennon outlined an overall feeling of despair at standards and said: "He's made it personal as I criticised him after the game against Rangers in December.

"Huge decisions have gone against us this season. I'm at my wits' end with referees. I'll probably have to speak to the SFA now but I'll give them my opinion.

"It's amateur. Mickey Mouse stuff. The standard has to get better. Every week we are talking about blatantly obvious decisions which are being called wrong."


TAKING A STAND Lennon makes his point to Clancy but ref, right, sends him on his way


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 26, 2018
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