Miller: We Must Take A Stand

ABERDEEN legend and Director of Football Willie Miller says he is ready to go toe-to-toe with the SFA over bad refereeing decisions.

The SFA have asked AFC to explain criticism of card-happy referee Steven Nicholls by a mystery blogger on their official website after the 2-0 defeat to Hibs on October 31st.

The comments accused the referee of being "hell-bent" on sending Aberdeen players off at Easter Road, after the bungling whistler reduced the Dons to nine men in a game with barely a bad tackle in it.

And Miller believes the club has to take a stand after having suffered at the hands of poor refereeing for some time now.

Miller said: "I am ready to face the SFA over the club's comments about referee Steven Nicholls.

"I stand by our right to take a stance against what was the latest in a series of occasions when we have felt hard done by.

"The statement we released underlined our frustration at the red cards Chris Maguire and Maurice Ross received against Hibs. The SFA have to do what they believe is right but so does this club.

"We have been on the end of a number of bad decisions over the past year or so and there comes a point when you have to say enough is enough.

"These decisions stretch back into last season when Charlie Mulgrew was red-carded against Rangers in an incident when he did nothing wrong.

"Charlie was also sent off against Hibs earlier last season for a handball when the ball was hit at him by a player who was clearly in an offside position. He should not have been sent off on either occasion.

"The SPL is not a dirty league and we do not want the spectacle of the game to be downgraded by sending players off too easily."

Since the Hibs game, Aberdeen have suffered again when referee Euan Norris ignored a blatant foul on Dons and Scotland keeper Jamie Langfield in the build-up to St. Johnstone's equaliser on Saturday.

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