Levein hits out at referee

04 September 2011 08:00

Craig Levein criticised Dutch referee Kevin Blom after two controversial penalty incidents which 'beggared belief' against Czech Republic at Hampden helped the visitors draw 2-2 to leave Scotland's Euro 2012 hopes in tatters.

Captain Darren Fletcher had restored the home side's lead in the 81st minute after Kenny Miller's first-half opener had been cancelled out by Jaroslav Plasil. With a minute to go, Blom adjudged Scotland substitute Danny Wilson to have tripped Jan Rezek inside the box and Michal Kadlec equalised from the spot.

In a frantic finale as the home side piled forward looking for the winner, Blom booked Christophe Berra for simulation after the Scotland defender went to ground following a challenge in the Czech box by Roman Hubnik. He said:"It beggars belief that he could make two mistakes of such magnitude."

He added: "I couldn't see the first one, whether there was contact on their player but I could see there was contact on Christophe.

"But I saw them again on television. There was no contact on their player and there was contact on Christophe.

"So you would need to ask the referee why he made such two such major, major mistakes.

"It is easy for managers to come in after a game and blame the referee for the players' inadequacies but when we have two stark decisions like that, then I can't do anything but say to you that they cost us the game.

"We need to win all our games but that is a challenge that we are ready for and there is fire in the players' bellies and we use that on Tuesday."

Czech boss Michal Bilek claimed he did not see the penalty incidents but insisted his side were the better team on the day.

He said: "It was difficult to see from where I was standing. But I felt we played the better football. We still have two matches to play so we have to concentrate."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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