Thanks to Station Parker for the following comment:
'Any questions marks over our take on the match on Saturday read today's P&J and The Sun. The referee is pilloried for his handling of the game and little wonder. The P& J acknowledges that the ref was the only person in the ground to see a hand ball for the first Buckie penalty which sparked all the problems and Gregg Carroll the Buckie manager even admits his players were waiting to get decisions from the referee. In the Sun Craig Campbell accuses the referee of swearing at him twice during the match. Referees have too much protection from the beaks. This merits an investigation but true to form nothing will be done.'
After reading that the Gurn rushed out to buy a copy of the Sun as nothing was available online to confirm our incredibly reliable and top quality source's comments. Actually the Gurnmeister had heard from three other sources that the Referee had sworn at a player on Saturday but in normal circumstances that is something you just can't use because folk are normally not willing to go on record with the like. Today however the player concerned has spoken out about his ill-treatment. Isn't it ironic that in the Gurn we have complained before about visiting managers swearing at referees. Anyway here is what Nairn striker Craig Campbell told the Sun:
'I don't want to go into it too much but he swore at me. I said to him, 'you're swearing at me - twice' and he sent me off. He said 'f*** off' twice.'
For previous Gurn reports and analysis of this game or namely the referee's bizarre performance see here.
UPDATE: Wedensday 19.43
'I don't want to be seen to be having an all out attack on the manager, who I think is doing a good job in difficult circumstances. I just don't think any football club can take the moral high ground when it comes to swearing at football.'
An anonymous comment earlier the same anon contributor had said (we don't publish all of it):
'Maybe Station Parker should take a look closer to home before getting on the high horse about the referee allegedly swearing at Campbell.The NCFC manager has just come back from serving a lengthy touchline ban for swearing. As for Campbell, he should have known better. We were down to eight men and clinging on for a draw. No matter how wronged he might have felt, given the circumstances, he should have zipped it and dealt with the through the appropriate channels after the game. It very nearly cost us a point. Hind as captain should have known better than to get involved and given the abuse referees have to endure from players, managers and supporters across the league, is it any wonder this one might have had enough and sworn back?'
Our anon correspondent points to Les's discipline record which is available for all to see on the this SFA doc. Fair enough anon about the moral high ground but these were exceptional cirumcstances to say the least and I think most of those that were present at Station Park, including the Buckie fans will agree with Station Parker's and the Gurn's take on events.
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