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Steve Clarke Hits Out at Referees Over Inconsistency After Jermain Defoe ‘Dive’

Steve Clarke Hits Out at Referees Over Inconsistency After Jermain Defoe ‘Dive’

Steve Clarke has vented his frustration once again over Scotland’s top-flight referees.

The Killie boss was previously hit with a two-match ban after criticising the disciplinary process following an unsuccessful appeal for a Gary Dicker red card last October.

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Jordan Jones was also hit with a retrospective two-match ban after diving to win a penalty against Dundee.

And Clarke is furious following Rangers’ 4-0 win over St Mirren – where Steven Gerrard’s men were awarded four penalties.

One was given for a handball outside the box while Jermain Defoe has been accused of going down too easy after appearing to be brought down by Paul McGinn.

Clarke has demanded consistency, saying: “Increasingly disappointed that nothing has been done to address it. Nothing.

“One of our players (Jordan Jones) was suspended for two games earlier in the season for going to ground too easily.

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“There was a media furore. A witch hunt against the player. Nothing on the same scale from Saturday’s game, Rangers versus St Mirren.

“Hopefully the compliance officer (Clare Whyte) will do her job. It doesn’t affect us, I am nor particularly advocating (a sanction), but I just want consistency.

“So if our player gets a two-game ban, I look forward to seeing what happens this week.”

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