Paul Heckingbottom has slammed referee Kevin Clancy after his decision not to send off Olivier Ntcham during the Hibs v Celtic match.
Controvesry has arisen from this match after a number of flashpoints. The Englishman himself was sent to the stands after kicking a water bottle in the aftermath of Celtic’s equaliser.
In his mind Ntcham should’ve been off, but Clancy opted to give the Frenchman a booking, who appeared to give Josh Vela a stiff arm to the face.
Celtic also had two clear penalty shouts denied, but the Hibees boss insists it’s a different game if Clancy sends Ntcham off.
He told the Herald: “He [Ntcham] should have been sent off three times, for the three punches. That is the biggest injustice of the lot. Everybody has been let down by that, everyone. All the supporters, all the players, everyone connected with the club.
“Listen, there is an incident, a couple of arms thrown,” he added. “He can claim he hasn’t seen it fine but the fact he is actually stood right there between the two players when the third one comes in on the end of his chin, so you tell me why it isn’t a sending off?
“Everyone can see it, everyone. I am up in the back of the stand in the top row and I can see it. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has bad games. But there was something different about that. That wasn’t right.”
Heckingbottom is right to be furious
This is a game Clancy won’t want to revisit. He made numerous poor decisions, and as a result, will be a big talking point for most of this week.
Looking at the Ntcham incident with Vela in isolation though, was it a red? You have to say it probably is.
The Frenchman clearly raises his hand to his Hibs counterpart, and even though it wasn’t a full-blooded smack, he still made contact with his face.
Clancy is standing a few yards away from the incident. He has a pretty decent view of it yet fails to send Ntcham off. It’s really poor and who knows how it would’ve affected the game.
Heckingbottom is questioning how Ntcham was able to leave Leith without a red card and he may just have a point.