Brown could walk away from game

Kevin MacDonald believes the dismissal of Nathan Byrne

ultimately sealed Swindon’s fate in the second leg of their League

One play-off clash with Brentford.

After the match at Griffin Park had ended 3-3 – and 4-4 on

aggregate – the hosts won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 5-4 with

Miles Storey missing the decisive fourth kick for Swindon.

The Robins had earlier recovered from 3-1 down on the night but

were reduced to 10 men in the 101st minute when Byrne was shown a

second yellow card for handball.

And the Swindon boss, MacDonald, said: “The character of the

team has been fantastic all the way through the season.

“You saw that today but the sending-off turned the game.

“Miles showed a lot of character to step up there. I am proud of

him but someone had to miss.”

Adam Forshaw converted the winning penalty to send the west

Londoners to Wembley to meet Yeovil in the play-off final.

Brown described Muir’s decision to award Aberdeen a penalty in

their crucial encounter on Sunday a “disgrace” and argued it had

sent his team down.

Niall McGinn netted the equaliser to consign Dundee to the

Scottish Premier League drop after Muir had pointed to the spot

when Peter Pawlett fell theatrically as he ran past Lewis


Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has defended Pawlett, who has

previously been banned for diving, and insisted there was contact,

but Brown claims he would substitute any player who won a penalty

in such a way for his team.

Brown, who recently signed a two-year contract, told BBC Radio

Scotland’s Sportsound: “I’d take him off right away. And if I feel

as though the SFA would punish me for any outburst about any

referee then I’d walk away from football.

“It’s our livelihoods. It’s the players’ livelihoods. Players

are going to lose their jobs, staff around Dens Park are possibly

going to lose their jobs.

“It was a high-profile game, a massive game. Surely they could

change the officials and get the top officials?”

Brown is unconcerned whether Pawlett faces retrospective action

but he feels the Scottish Football Association should look at

lessons from their own perspective.

“He is a young player and he’s got previous but you have

officials out there to deal with that,” said Brown, who has lost

just one of his nine SPL games in charge.

“It was a blatant dive. He was diving with two feet before he

has even come near the player.

“I’m not too concerned about the player, I’m concerned about the

officials. The officials are the ones that have cost us the


“I have never seen a blatant a dive in a long time. The referee

is 20 yards away, the assistant referee is just behind that. Surely

he can see that?

“Dundee had an opportunity to take this down to another weekend

and it was taken out of our hands by a diabolical decision. I’m

still very bitter about it.

“Maybe the guy’s okay, a decent referee, but he made a massive


“I’ve been happy with the referees. We had some dodgy decisions,

in the cup game against Dundee United the ball was out the park and

they got a free-kick and got a goal from it.

“I’ve not complained about too many referees, in general they

have been spot-on. I had a gripe about yesterday because it was a

major decision.”