McInnes unhappy after talks with referee chief over Ndaba dismissal

The 23-year-old's initial yellow card was upgraded to a red after a VAR check.

Derek McInnes unhappy after talks with referee chief over Corrie Ndaba dismissal SNS Group

Derek McInnes has been left “even more disappointed” after talks with the SFA’s referee chief regarding a red card shown to one of his players last week.

The Kilmarnock manager met with Crawford Allan to question Corrie Nbada’s sending off in their game against Hibernian at the weekend.

The Rugby Park side were leading 2-1 when the Irishman was sent off for a challenge on Jair Tavares before the game eventually finished 2-2.

Referee Grant Irvine had initially booked the 23-year-old but the yellow card was upgraded to red after a check of the VAR monitor.

McInnes was unhappy at the decision and organised a meeting with Allan to discuss the incident, but was not satisfied with what he heard.

Speaking on Wednesday the Killie boss, who also revealed defender Robbie Deas will be out for the “next few weeks” after having an operation on a fractur to his cheekbone, said: “I was disappointed at the time (of the sending off) and that is still the case.

“I had a conversation with the refereeing department on Monday and I was even more disappointed after that conversation because of the take on it. His explanation was, the justification for the red card.

“They felt the decision was right, rather than a mistake.

“We totally disagreed on the reasons. Without going into it too much, it was more the exiting of the tackle but at least we had the conversation.

“My feeling is that we have to remind ourselves and re-set what VAR was brought in for.

“It has affected what happened on Saturday because it potentially cost us two extra points because we could have won the game, no guarantees of course but it affects us the next two games with Corrie being suspended.

“The referee is three yards away, he is in the heat of the battle and he’s seen it for what it was, a yellow card. I didn’t think it was a yellow card.

“I will say to you what I said to Crawford Allan and there is no one who will tell me any differently.

“If Corrie gets yellow carded and the game gets played out, there is no one from the Hibs end, or the media, commenting that it was a ridiculous decision, why didn’t VAR get involved, why wasn’t it a red card? I think they have made it a thing by getting involved.

“Let the referee referee the game. He’s seen it for what it was. Give the referees more autonomy and more responsibility.

“I think it was wrong for VAR to get involved. We haven’t appealed it. I didn’t think there was any real point.”

On potential signings before the transfer window closes on Thursday, McInnes said: “We may still look to add one if we can but certainly no one leaving.”

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