Shiels pleads innocence
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian striker Dean Shiels has insisted he did not punch Craig Gordon.
Hibernian striker Dean Shiels has pleaded his innocence after being sent off during the 3-2 defeat to Hearts.
Shiels was red carded moments after pulling Hibs level at 2-2 with a 61st minute penalty as linesman Willie Dishington told referee Mike McCurry that he had punched Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
But Shiels has insisted that he did no such thing and accidentally barged into Gordon as he tried to retrieve the ball.
"The linesman came over and accused me of punching Craig Gordon and I totally deny that," he said.
"The referee has given it for a punch. There was no punch there - I was running to get the ball and that was it."
Hibs boss John Collins defended his player and hinted that Gordon had made the most of the incident.
"The linesman told me that my player punched the Hearts keeper but I have watched it five times now and if you can see a punch there then you have better eyesight than me," said Collins.
"He is going to get the ball. Dean has scored a penalty, his momentum has taken him forward and he is going to celebrate the goal.
"He ran into the keeper, trying to get the ball, nine-and-a-half stone going into 14 stone. I don't have to say any more than that.
"In my humble opinion, it was not a red card.
"I'm sure Craig Gordon will now be on his way to hospital with all the damage done to him."
Hearts coach Valdas Ivanauskas felt that Shiels deserved to be dismissed.
He said: "I cannot understand it. He scored a goal and then he goes and does that.
"I saw how he approached Gordon. I saw a red card. It was not clever by him."