I have sympathy for referees in this type of incident. I think the tread should be called 'And you thought Scotland had diving, cheating players ...'.
Even after a few angles there is debate here about whether there was contact or not. I don't know how footballers manage to do their Christmas shopping in busy places - they would be diving all over the place with the 'contact'.
Personally I would hammer any cheat with a 10 game ban and sometimes I'm glad some penalties aren't given, when there is too much made of the tackle. If players didn't cheat, the referees would make better decisions.
Note 1 - I am not a referee.
Note 2 - All the above moral high horsing can happily be forgotten if it goes the right way on May 19th.
It was a Cup Final, I don't think either Hibs or Hearts fans would forget a decision like that any time soon if it cost them the cup.
The only decision this season I've seen as bad as that was Aluko's dive against St.Mirren. So I don't know how you can say there are worse decisions made in the SPL.
If the Yams or us got that there would be a riot at Hampden.
It was a cup final but is the equivalent of winning the league over here I think (correct my if I'm wrong). But you compete in the league to get into the Finals series which culminates in the Grand Final - the game from the footage. Shocking decision at such a crucial stage in the game/season.
The ref had what, 1....2 seconds to make that call, whereas we judge it on as many slowmo replays as we like. I'm not commenting here on whether he got it right, but he could have consulted with his linesman.....or, here's a crazy thought, if tv replays were allowed, he could have taken all of 20 seconds to watch it again himself and make a more informed decision, whatever it ended up being.
While I think he got the call wrong, I don't blame the ref as it looked like a stonewaller at first glance.
Even after several views, I'm not 100% certain that LM didn't make contact.
If he didn't though, the disgusting part is the player claiming for it after he fell.
I'm no referee fan however, the blatant cheating by players these days is totally abhorent and until THEY, as "professionals" clean up their act, we shouldn't slag off refs for 'bad' decisions like the one in this vid.