Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has been criticized in Scotland for accusing Hibernian’s Ryan Porteous of cheating to win a penalty.
In his side’s 3-1 loss to Hibernian on Saturday, Ireland international Liam Scales was given a second yellow for pulling down the Hibs player in the penalty box, following a delivery for a corner.
With Aberdeen 1-0 up prior to the penalty and sending off, it was a turning point in the game as Hibs equalized from the spot and took advantage of their extra player to run out 3-1 winners.
The incident was reviewed by former referee Dermot Gallagher today on Sky, and he said he believed it should be a penalty because Scales ‘hauls him down’.
👀 Dermot Gallagher says VAR would have awarded Hibernian a penalty for handball by Ross McCrorie and analyzes Liam Scales’ red card ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/TDY4lWDSUA
– Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) September 20, 2022
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However Goodwin thought Porteous had made the most of the incident. He spoke to Aberdeen’s media team after the game and gave his two cents on Porteous.
“It’s ridiculous that that decision can go against Liam Scales. There’s a bit of grappling going on before the corner is taken, but Porteous actually ends up grabbing Liam in a headlock, dragging scales to the floor, Scales is trying to stay up but he can’t and Scalesy end up landing on Porteous.
He’s won them a penalty, which has led to us going down to 10 men, and then 45 minutes with 10 men is a really tough task.
I told Porteous to his face after the game what I thought of him. I don’t care what he reads in the paper on Sunday and Monday. He knows. He’s laughing about it. He celebrates winning penalty kicks like he’s scored a goal. “
The comments received a lot of attention online and were criticized by former Hibernian player Tam McManus.
Speaking on the Daily Record, McManus claims Godwin’s comments were uncalled for and could come back to haunt him in the future.
“To brand someone a cheat is out of order. It’s too strong and players can’t afford to have labels like that attached to them. He needs to have a bit more tact.
Saying it privately to warn his team is one thing but to come out to the media and say it. I think Jim will regret that.
What if an Aberdeen player is at the center of something similar in a few weeks? “
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