Levein was left incensed and insisted his team should have had two penalties during the Jambos’ 2-0 defeat at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Steven Naismith was pulled to the ground and midfielder Peter Haring was bundled off the ball.
However, it was Aberdeen who were awarded the only spot-kick of the game by referee John Beaton, and after the match McInnes poured cold water on Hearts’ claims and said he didn’t know what Levein was talking about.
Speaking to the media earlier today ahead of Hearts’ home tie against Hamilton on Boxing Day, Levein was taking no prisoners, and even revealed the details of a private phone call between he and his Aberdeen counterpart.
He said via the Sun: “Goals change games and that game on Saturday was changed – three different penalty incidents, two went against us and one went for Aberdeen.
“And I have to laugh when I listen to Derek having a pop.
“This is the same Derek McInnes that was on the phone to me three weeks ago crying his eyes out about the decisions that he got in the Celtic game, and the sending-off he got against Rangers.
“So I have to laugh. Double standards all day long.
“And he even said to me – this is funny – that he stopped complaining about referees because he felt that he got more decisions going for him if he didn’t complain.
“So, listen I have got to laugh.
“I have got articles where he has complained four or five times about officials already this season. He forgets that.
“He also tried to get Steven Naismith sent off, which I will remember as well.
“I don’t think there was anything in it and I don’t think anyone I have spoken to did. But Derek tried to get him sent off. I saw him.
“Listen, I have got respect for every manager in the league but when he comes out with the tripe he comes out with after the game on Saturday, then I get annoyed.
“I have had a good relationship with Derek but when he starts all that nonsense, I don’t think that’s going to last much longer.”
What do you make of the spat? Is Levein correct in calling out McInnes?