Livingston manager David Martindale has revealed referee Don Robertson apologised to him after the 1-0 win over Hibs last night after getting a number of decisions wrong at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Robertson awarded a dodgy penalty to the Hibees and failed to send off Paul Hanlon for a nightmare tackle before the defender eventually got his marching orders later in the game.

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Livingston boss David Martindale (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Livi boss insisted he had no problem with the official, calling it a “tough game” to referee as his side picked up a valuable three points to and their recent winless run.

“It was a tough game to officiate. I don’t think it was a penalty because it was outside the box but it was a sending off and it would have made the game easier for me earlier,” Martindale said.

“I’ve not watched it back so I’m only going on what people are telling me but the one that was given wasn’t a penalty. Boyle stood on Tom Parkes but there was another one they didn’t get that probably was a penalty so it’s probably evened itself out a bit.

 

“I don’t think the ref had any choice but to give the double yellows but the one on Shinnie was probably a straight red.

“The referee has come out and said he’s sorry if he got it wrong so I’ve genuinely not got a problem with that.”

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