Killie boss Steve Clarke hits out at Aberdeen gaffer Derek McInnes’ comments


Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke today called for the SFA to bring Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to book for ‘inferring’ Jordan Jones dived to earn a penalty in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

Clarke has hit out at McInnes who claimed Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones went down without contact to win a penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen held a 1-0 lead until a penalty was awarded in the second half, which Kris Boyd converted to secure a replay.

Jones capitalised on a mix-up between Dons defenders Kari Arnason and Shaleum Logan to nip in between them before tumbling in the box.

The teams go again on Tuesday, March 13, and Clarke has turned up the heat for the rematch by criticising McInnes.

After the 1-1 draw, McInnes said of the penalty incident after watching slow motion footage: “I think he goes down without any contact.”

At a press conference at Rugby Park today Clarke hit out at the Pittodrie gaffer and insisted McInnes should have to explain his comment to the authorities.

Clarke said: “I thought he was out of order.

“I thought it was a cheap shot. I am not happy, of course I am not happy.

“It was a clear penalty.

“The referee was 10 yards from the incident and saw it clearly and there was no reaction from the two Aberdeen players involved in the incident.

“I saw the television replays that Derek said showed there was no incident.

“I have watched the replays, everyone has watched the replays and the general consensus of almost everyone in the country is that it was a clear penalty.

“Why is he allowed to come out and infer that Jordan Jones dived?

“I don’t understand why he gets away with that. Surely the authorities have to ask him to explain himself?

“I would like to think they should remind managers of their responsibilities when they speak to the press after the game.

“Most times managers are responsible when they speak to the press.

“If you are going to make an accusation like that without evidence then I think it is disappointing.”

The winners of the replay will face Motherwell in the semi-final with Rangers taking on Celtic, but Clarke was unwilling to look past Aberdeen.

He said: “We are not in the semi-final so no reaction to the draw.

“We will have a difficult replay here against Aberdeen and if we get a positive result then we will speak about the draw.”