McCall reveals anger over dismissal

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has revealed his continuing anger over his dismissal in Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat by Aberdeen.

McCall was sent to the stand at half-time after commenting on the decision to award Aberdeen the corner that led to Rory Fallon's early opener in the Dons' 2-1 win. McCall felt referee Craig Thomson should have quickly rectified his mistake and awarded Motherwell a free-kick when the ball came into the box, as his assistant had awarded Aberdeen a corner after the ball went out off Dons striker Scott Vernon.

In an email to supporters, McCall said: "This is a view shared not only by Andy Walker, who was commentating on Sky Sports and Billy Dodds, who was commenting on BBC Radio Scotland, but the Aberdeen management team of Craig Brown and Archie Knox."

He added: "Having said all that, we still have the opportunity to defend the corner better than we did, which Craig correctly stated on Sportscene later that night. But as a manager, I have got to accept that when a 6ft 2in defender heads it back across goal to a 6ft 3in striker, the danger we highlighted before the game can happen.

"The harsh reality is that the officials had two opportunities to get it right and the bottom line is that if Aberdeen weren't awarded a corner, they wouldn't have scored a goal.

"To compound matters, I was summoned to the referee's room to be instructed that I would be forced to watch the game from the stands during the second half, a decision which amazed me and still angers me now.

"When coming off the park, I calmly spoke to Craig and said I was disappointed he had not used his game intelligence to award us a free-kick after obviously coming to the wrong conclusion by awarding the corner.

"He replied that he couldn't just invent a free-kick decision which is fair comment but it is widely used throughout football and is recognised by both players and managers when such an obvious injustice occurs.

"My final comment of 'when you see it on TV, you will be embarrassed' is the quote I was sent to the stands for.

"As a player, the maximum punishment for such a mild comment would be a yellow card at absolute most, so to stop me doing my job in the second half, in my opinion, was totally wrong and a complete over-reaction."

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