David Templeton may face SFA action over retaliatory kick at James McPake
HEARTS winger David Templeton could face disciplinary action for his retaliatory kick at Hibs captain James McPake during yesterday’s Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.
The 21st minute incident, in which Templeton lashed out with a boot after being brought down by McPake on the edge of the box, saw the Hearts player unpunished by referee Willie Collum.
If it emerges that Collum did not see Templeton’s reaction, then he could be issued with a notice of complaint by SFA Compliance Officer, Vincent Lunny, and have a suspension imposed.
“It was a boot from David Templeton,” insisted McPake. “It might not have been the nicest of tackles from me and it was rightly a foul, but you can’t just boot someone. But that’s up to the referee or whoever looks back on the game to make a decision. It’s not something I’ll worry about.”
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon also suggested the incident was worthy of review. “I didn’t get a good view of it from where I was but it looks as though he has kicked out,” said Fenlon. “I haven’t seen it again and I’d like to see it again, to be honest.”
Templeton was defended by Hearts manager John McGlynn, who criticised the overly physical attention he felt the winger was receiving from the Hibs defenders.
“I take it the referee Willie Collum saw it,” shrugged McGlynn. “He’s got two assistants and the fourth official and they all communicate to one another. I would have thought if they thought it was a red card, then they’d have given him one.
“It wasn’t an incident that was a million miles away. David, from what I could see in amongst the bodies, was actually getting fouled and a bit of rough treatment. So because of that, the referee’s eyes were on the situation as it was on-going, so I’m sure he must have seen what happened. Willie Collum has refereed all over the continent in the Champions League and Europa League and if he didn’t feel it was a red card then fair enough.”
Hearts goalscorer Andrew Driver also lent his support to Templeton, insisting his team-mate would never be guilty of setting out to injure an opposing player in that manner.
“I’ve not seen the incident but he’s not the kind of player to do anything like that,” said Driver. “In the heat of the moment, you don’t know what happened but I don’t think it was a big part of the game. This is football and these things can happen, it wouldn’t have been intentional as he’s not the type to want to hurt someone.”
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