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HIBS head coach Paul Heckingbottom has lambasted ‘foolish’ referee Steven McLean for his decision to apologise to Steven Gerrard for overlooking a foul on James Tavernier last week, insisting the official has created a ‘crazy’ precedent.

It emerged that McLean contacted the Rangers boss after failing to penalise Stephane Omeonga when he appeared to impede the Gers captain during the 1-1 draw between the sides seven days ago.

Hibs went on to score from the resulting counter-attack, allowing Flo Kamberi to salvage a point for the Easter Road outfit.

Stephane Omeonga challenges James Tavernier

Heckingbottom was staggered by development, claiming he has never received such a call – and would never expect one.

“I have never had that happen to me before,” said Heckingbottom. “But I have not been up here long – so they have not got my number yet! But no, I won’t be expecting the same. He shouldn’t be doing it. It was foolish. 

“Was I surprised? Yeah, really surprised. I think it was an error of judgment, a really bad decision. I don’t know what the leadership is and what the guidelines are – but it’s not going to help. I can guarantee that, 100 per cent.

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“It’s crazy. They [the SPFL] need to look at that and they need to be really strong about it.

“If it was a quiet word on the day when you bump into each other in the corridor

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