Craig Levein Defends His Right to Slaughter Refs as Jimmy Dunne Gives Injury Update

Craig Levein Defends His Right to Slaughter Refs as Jimmy Dunne Gives Injury Update

Hearts boss Craig Levein has defended his right to criticise referees in the wake of Sunday’s defeat to Rangers, whilst defender Jimmy Dunne has updated fans on his injury situation.

As we told you at the time, Levein insisted his Jambos side were playing ‘against 12 men’ during the weekend’s 2-1 reverse at Tyencastle, with whistler Bobby Madden in the firing line.

His Gers counterpart Steven Gerrard took a cheeky dig in retaliation during his weekly media conference earlier today but Levein reckons he was firmly in the right to say what he did.

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Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to St. Johnstone, via the Sun, he said: “I criticise my players and I criticise myself.

“If officials make the same blatant mistake seven times this season I should be entitled to say that.

“Of course I’m angry. This is my job, my livelihood.

“How Morelos gets away with what he gets away with, I just don’t understand.

“How many fouls can you give away without being booked?

“The one where he’s jumped into Christophe Berra off the ball and the referee said that ‘he’s just a bit silly sometimes’ – that’s what he told one of the players!

“Now if you jump into somebody, I don’t care if you’re silly or not, it’s a booking.”

Meanwhile, Dunne has taken to Twitter to reveal he back down south with parent club Burnley to receive treatment on an ankle injury, after it was revealed he’d be out for around six weeks. The Republic of Ireland under-21 internationalist tried to put a positive spin on his current predicament via social media:

What do you think of Levein’s comments? Does he have a point when he makes the point about officials affecting his livelihood?

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