Raith Rovers manager John Hughes demands referee explains himself over phantom goal amid relegation tussle

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Raith Rovers manager John Hughes has demanded that referee Colin Steven explains why he awarded a phantom goal in the draw with Queen of the South – admitting it could have huge repercussions in their survival bid.

Hughes is adamant that Stephen Dobbie’s controversial equaliser in last weekend’s 1-1 draw did not cross the line and is still furious about the decision six days on.

Experienced marksman’s Dobbie’s free-kick hit the junction between post and bar before rolling along the line to safety.

Hughes has since watched video footage of the incident and insists the official has some explaining to do, with Rovers now only two points clear of second bottom Ayr United in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Falkirk.

(pic: Raith TV)

He said: “We got done with a goal that never was. Once you see the video analysis, it was never a goal.

“What did he see to give a goal? He needs to explain that, he needs to come out and explain why he gave it.

“I’ve not spoken to the Scottish FA or John Fleming and I wouldn’t speak to him.

“It hit the post and was never near going over the line, which is hard to take and a bitter pill to swallow.

“It was a horrendous mistake from the referee, I’m not going to question his integrity or anything like that but you can’t make mistakes like that, it was costly.

“What made him do it? What did he see to think it was a goal because the linesman never gave it?

“I felt let down and disappointed. I had never seen him before, he’s just a young referee that’s making his way in the game.

“If there is any doubt you can’t give it, so what makes him think it was a goal? The whole stadium was in doubt.

“There’s ramifications for the rest of the season, that is what’s at stake and I feel let down. It’s their job to get it right because they get paid well enough.

“The repercussions of that could be costly. The players feel let down and they’re all into me, saying, ‘did you see it?’ So I’m the spokesperson for the club.

“It’s not a goal so you have to ask the question, ‘why did you give it when it’s not a goal’. There must have been doubt in his head.”

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