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Raging Jim Goodwin rips into ‘cheating’ Ryan Porteous as Aberdeen boss goes tonto

Raging Jim Goodwin rips into 'cheating' Ryan Porteous as Aberdeen boss goes tonto

Raging Aberdeen gaffer Jim Goodwin launched a furious rant against Ryan Porteous last night as he accused the Hibs defender of “cheating” to win the debatable Easter Road spotkick on his part.

Dons boss also slammed David Dickinson when he claimed the ref “hook, line and sink” fell on Porteous’ antics, despite warning the official pre-match to watch out for the Scottish team ace and his use of the dark arts in Leith. Aberdeen was ahead of Duk Lopes’ early opener when Porteous reached the deck after a tangle with Liam Scales in the area. The penalty decision, in which Scales also took his second yellow in two crazy minutes, proved to be the turning point as Hibs took control.

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Martin Boyle stroked from the penalty spot in the first half before Josh Campbell’s double sealed a 3-1 victory for Lee Johnson’s team. But Goodwin declined when he said: “I don’t know what Liam Scales can do if Ryan Porteous grabs him and drags him to the ground.

‘I don’t know how often the boy Porteous can get away with that sort of thing. We tell our players in the middle of the week to be careful with him in the penalty area and not to touch him when he goes over.

“I really laughed before the match and joked with the referee to make him aware of this. Unfortunately he got sucked into hook, line and sinker just before half time. Bought it. Obviously it’s hard enough 11 vs 11. 45 playing minutes against a good team like Hibs with one man less is next to impossible.

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“We’ve shown our players some cases where Porteous has won such penalties in the past. People will say he’s good at it and smart, but as far as I’m concerned it’s blatant cheating and it cost my team points. And I now also has to do without Liam Scales, a big important player.

“It is extremely disappointing, especially for our supporters who paid a lot of money to travel to Aberdeen to watch a match and be entertained. The second half was just impossible.”

Goodwin added: “I told him (Porteous) to his face after the game what I thought of him. I don’t care what he reads in the paper on Sunday and Monday. He knows. He laughs about it. He celebrates winning penalty kicks as if he scored a goal.”

Scottish football is gearing up to launch VAR next month and Goodwin says it can’t come soon enough as he lashes out at the national referee’s part-time status.

He said: “The referee thought it was a penalty. What can you say? Roll on VAR I think. We talked about turning on the VAR to assist umpires because of the big mistakes made last season. And then there must also be an argument for full-time referees. We must be one of the few top leagues in Europe that still kicks with part-time umpires.

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“Let’s look at finding the money to make it a full-time job and then they can sit down like us as professionals and really analyze the game, good, bad and ugly. I don’t know when they’ll get a chance to really to do.”

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