Football: HOT LINE: NEIL McLEMAN Takes Your Calls

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Football: HOT LINE: NEIL McLEMAN Takes Your Calls


Byline: NEIL McLEMAN

Although everyone saw the same footage of Didier Agathe and Nacho Novo tangling at Dens Park, not everyone thought referee Dougie McDonald was wrong to send the Celtic player off.

Mike Rowe, Rutherglen, said: ``Martin O'Neill seems to be unable to accept any decision given against his team. Television clearly showed Agathe pulled back Novo. ''

Peter Keenan, Glasgow, said: ``The referee was correct because Agathe was the last man. Novo would have gone on to score and Dundee would have won the game, because Celtic would have panicked. ''

Dundee fan Neil Ritchie, Kirkcaldy, said: ``The incident was an action replay from last season when Zurab Khizanishvili was sent off for allegedly holding back Ronald de Boer.

``The media are making a song and dance about it just because it is an Old Firm player this time. ''

But Joseph Smith, Coatbridge, said: ``That was the worst decision I have ever seen. Agathe was sent off for being quicker than Novo, while Lee Wilkie was holding off John Hartson all game. ''

John Docherty, Clydebank, said: ``It was the worst refereeing mistake I have ever seen. I paid pounds 20 for my ticket and that just ruined the game. ''

James Galloway, Broxburn, said: ``That decision killed the game on Saturday. Other sports have video referees so why can't football?''

The other two controversial figures of the weekend were Neil Lennon and Nuno Capucho.

The Celtic player was caught on TV giving the finger to Dundee fans and David Jackson, Clydebank, said: ``Neil Lennon has been disgracefully treated ever since he arrived in this country.

THE problem with using video evidence has been highlighted on the Hotline.

``He is a victim of sectarian abuse. The same thing would not be allowed against a black player. …

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