Scottish Football - Hibs bemoan 'disgusting' Stevenson tackle

Hibernian defender Ryan McGivern believes Hearts should have been reduced to 10 men in the first half of the Edinburgh derby after Ryan Stevenson's tackle on James McPake.

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Hibernian's Eoin Doyle (R) tackles Hearts' Ryan Stevenson (Reuters)

Stevenson was not punished by referee Willie Collum for the lunge on McPake, but could be retrospectively by Scottish Football Association compliance officer Vincent Lunny.

"It was a disgusting tackle," said on-loan Manchester City defender McGivern.

"It was a red-card tackle. James McPake is not the kind of guy to make a fuss over nothing but straightaway he's told the ref it was a two-footed lunge. I think everyone saw it except the referee."

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon added: "It's a shocking tackle. He had a look first before he left the ground. We're disappointed with that.

"He has a bad gash, James. There could have been a bit of damage there, but he's not too bad. But you can't be critical of the referee. I thought the referee reffed the game very well."

Hearts boss John McGlynn said: "I haven't seen it again. I think the referee was in a good position.

"It's a derby game, it's competitive. In derby games four or five years ago that wouldn't have been an issue."

The point saw Hibs consolidate their fourth-placed position ahead of the SPL winter break, while Hearts remained ninth, six points behind their rivals with a game in-hand.

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