Hartley: Officials are killjoys

Dundee boss Paul Hartley has described the referee officials as “killjoys” after he was sent to the stand for celebrating James McPake’s late equaliser in the Dundee derby.

The Dark Blues were trailing 2-1 after Greg Stewart had replied to Blair Spittal’s double for United but McPake’s strike salvaged a point and signalled pandemonium in the stand and in the visiting dugout.

“I was sent off at the end because I left my technical area,” Hartley explained to reporters after the game.

“The ref said it was the rules so he’d have to send me off. It was the fourth official who reported me.

“Are they killjoys? Yes. It was the dying seconds, getting a goal like that I got a bit excited.

“It’s a bad day when you can’t celebrate a goal. They are taking the joy out of football.

“What do they want you to do – sit there in your seat and show no emotion? Well that’s not me.

“It will be interesting to see if anyone else comes out of the technical area this weekend.

“I did go quite far on, but you can’t help it. It’s a derby game, we’re 2-0 down and get back to 2-2 – but you can’t celebrate.”

Bain pulled off a stunning save to deny United a third before McPake’s leveller and Hartley was full of praise for his goalkeeper.

“Scott Bain’s save was world class and it kept us in the game. It was a great game of football, there was great spirit and desire from us.

“Overall I think we deserved a point at least.”

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