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.

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“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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