Hibs player served with SFA notice of complaint after Celtic cup final referee comments

By John McGinley

December 21, 2021

Hibernian defender Paul McGinn has been served with a Scottish FA notice of complaint after his comments about referee John Beaton after Sunday’s cup final against Celtic.

McGinn was left fuming with the decisions of Beaton throughout the 90 minutes, letting rip in a post-match press conference.

The Hibs star said, as quoted by The Glasgow Times: “We are really annoyed about the second goal. It’s not a foul and when it is, the fourth official is holding the board. So we just assumed it’s a sub. Jamie Murphy could have stood over the ball, as you do, but we just assumed it’s a sub.

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“The referee has no control over the situation and just lets it happen and the goal goes in. You can see me running to him straight away and I get myself booked. It’s inept.

“Our kitman has handed the board to the fourth official. I’m almost certain that’s the case and we see the numbers so we just assume. Jamie Murphy steps back from stopping and we all assume.

“Even 90 seconds later Celtic are going to make a sub and (Anthony) Ralston takes a quick throw-in. He whistles it back for the sub to happen. So he kind of knows. I ran to him and asked him what was going on. It’s anger. There is no way we’d have got that the other way.”

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McGinn has now allegedly breached SFA disciplinary rule 72 which decrees that any club figure cannot “criticise the Decision(s) and/or performance(s) of any or all match official(s) in such a way as to indicate bias or incompetence on the part of such match official.” A hearing has been set for January.

Clearly, the full-back let his emotions run after the game, but worse things have been said in frustration.

Personally, I thought Beaton had a pretty poor game for both sides. I could easily see why Hibs would use that as media weapon after the game, even if it does all come across a bit bitter.

It was an incredibly tight match, with fine margins, so if they feel aggrieved let them. I doubt Hibs will spin it out for a week as Hearts did after the recent match at Celtic Park.

In other news, Report: Celtic coach eyed for management role in Scotland.