Houston in hot water for claiming ref cost Falkirk

Tom Taiwo (right) challenges Rangers' Jason Holt. Picture: SNS
Tom Taiwo (right) challenges Rangers' Jason Holt. Picture: SNS
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Falkirk manager Peter Houston will be reported to the Scottish FA for using foul language towards referee John McKendrick following the 3-1 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox.

Houston was furious with the official for awarding a foul outside the box against Tom Taiwo with ten minutes remaining, which allowed right-back James Tavernier to give Rangers a 2-1 lead from the free-kick. Lee Wallace added a third in injury time to seal Rangers’ win.

Houston claimed Rangers put pressure on McKendrick going up the tunnel at the interval after Will Vaulks had cancelled out Rangers’ opener from Dean Shiels.

“He is reporting me to the association for foul language,” said the Falkirk manager. Asked if he would be also be reported for allegedly making a gesture at the end, he said: “He never said that, but we’ll see when the report comes in. I am totally aggrieved with the fact that he gave a foul against us when Tom Taiwo clearly won the ball and the man [Nicky Law] fell into him and went down. It was never a free-kick in a month of Sundays.

“In the first minute of the game Craig Sibbald is clearly taken out [by Danny Wilson]. There are no ‘first tackles’ any more. It is at least a yellow card. The referee didn’t recognise foul play when it should have been a yellow card in the first minute but recognised foul play when there was no foul committed.

“He reckons that our player won the ball and then went through the Rangers player. Absolute nonsense.

“It was a shocking decision, so for me the referee has cost us today.”

Asked if he thought the referee caved in following words from Rangers’ management and abuse from the crowd, Houston said: “Honestly? Yeah. You have got to be brave when you come to these kind of places. By the way, Rangers were cracking up about some of the decisions which went against them and one or two I thought they were right to be cracking up about.

“The Rangers backroom staff were having a right pop at the referee going up the tunnel at half-time about giving them nothing. He certainly gave them something in the second half.”