Shiels reports referee to SFA

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Kenny Shiels was fuming after his team's defeat to Inverness
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Kenny Shiels was fuming after his team's defeat to Inverness

Kenny Shiels will report referee Euan Norris to the Scottish Football Association's head of referee development for making what the Kilmarnock boss claimed to be a "sarcastic" remark following his side's 2-1 defeat by Inverness at Rugby Park.

The most contentious point in an enthralling Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter came in the first half when the home side, trailing to an Andrew Shinnie goal, had a good penalty claim turned down after midfielder Rory McKenzie went to ground under a challenge by Caley defender Gary Warren.

Shiels appeared to still be seething about Norris when he met the media and said: "I went to shake hands with the referee and I didn't say a word. I kept my emotions in check as much as I could and then he said something sarcastic so I reported him to John Connelly (SPL match delegate) at the end."

He added: "I don't know what he said but it was something flippant and I will be reporting him to (head of referee development) John Fleming as well because I am not happy about it.

"I am sorry, I can't talk about officials. I am not allowed to tell the truth. Vincent Lunny (SFA's compliance officer) won't allow me to tell the truth. It is the only industry in the world where you are not allowed to tell the truth."

Caley boss Terry Butcher admitted the home side should have had the spot-kick, saying: "We had two penalties which I thought were definite penalties and I thought the Kilmarnock one was a definite penalty as well, so we had a little bit of luck there."

Killie goalkeeper Cammy Bell saved a penalty from Andrew Shinnie's brother, Graeme, just before half-time before Liam Kelly levelled in the 56th minute with a wonderful drive from distance. Bell then saw red for a last-man challenge on Caley midfielder Ross Draper, which allowed Billy McKay to slam the penalty past substitute keeper Kyle Letheren.

Shiels claimed his side should have taken something from the game.

He said: "We were looking for a little break and we didn't get it. We got ourselves back to 1-1 with a tremendous goal by Liam Kelly and looked as if we were poised to win the game and that didn't materialise.

"I think a draw would have been a fair result because Inverness contributed to the game in the first half and they have the best player in the SPL at the moment in Andrew Shinnie, a thorn in our side the whole game and certainly one that I would recommend for Scotland."

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