David Martindale goes to the very top to highlight refereeing errors going against Livingston

Livingston boss Davie Martindale has followed Hearts boss Robbie Neilson by contacting Scottish referees chief Crawford Allan to highlight his concern at some of the decisions he feels are going against his team.

By Anthony Brown
Monday, 6th December 2021, 6:03 pm
Updated Monday, 6th December 2021, 6:23 pm
Livingston manager David Martindale addresses the media to explain why his team feel hard done by
Livingston manager David Martindale addresses the media to explain why his team feel hard done by

He is becoming exasperated about the lack of exposure some incidents involving his team are getting, so has taken it upon himself to contact Allan directly.

Martindale was particularly irked by a couple of big calls in his side's 2-0 defeat at Aberdeen last Wednesday.

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Hibernian, he said: "I sent Crawford an email about the Aberdeen game, showing him the footage from the game.

"Crawford was on holiday but (deputy head of refereeing) Tom Murphy got back to me and said he had spoken to the officials and they had taken it on board, and he asked if I wanted a phone call to explain it all.

"I would rather just highlight it higher up the food chain so it filters down to the referees, linesmen and fourth officials because it's the only way it's going to get better."

Martindale let rip at the officials on Sunday after he felt a dodgy offside call cost his side the chance of a late equaliser against Hearts.

Reiterating his frustration, he added: "I'm still upset and still frustrated after the Hearts game. I think it's just an accumulation of decisions. Every point's a prisoner and game-changing moments are going against us.

"It happened to us on Wednesday night and I think I was probably aggravated and frustrated that the Kyogo incident (his dubious goal for Celtic against Hearts on Thursday) was all over the media. I don't mean anything bad against the media or against Celtic or Hearts but a blatant offside goal against Livingston just gets brushed under the carpet and nobody talks about it.

"Then you fall into Sunday's game where your striker has a great chance of getting a shot off at goal in the last minute of the game and the linesman flags for offside when he's looking along the same line as everybody else.

"I just feel as a smaller club, you don't get the big decisions going your way. It seems to be every time a Livingston player tackles, it's a yellow card but when there's a role reversal, it's a talking to or it just gets played on.

"I'm not blaming officials but we need to get better at what we do because there's a lot at stake. The sooner we get VAR the better. We need that to help the officials."

Livingston have not won any of their last six matches as they prepare to face a Hibs side who have won only one of their last eight league games. Martindale is not reading anything into the recent form of either team.

Martindale said: "Is recent form for either team going to make any difference in this game? I don't think it is. Momentum helps slightly when you're on a good run, but not many teams in the Premiership can get on these runs because they've not got the budgets.

"Rangers, Celtic, maybe Hearts and Aberdeen, and potentially Hibs at points, can go on half-decent runs but the rest of us are all losing, drawing, winning, losing. You can look into form slightly but you're only 90 minutes away from form potentially changing."

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