Referee John Beaton handed Europa League tie in wake of Aberdeen V Rangers controversy



JOHN Beaton will bid to shake off his Pittodrie controversy with a European assignment tomorrow night (Thursday).

The Scots referee will be in charge as Austria Vienna host Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League.

Beaton was heavily criticised by Rangers manager Mark Warburton for awarding the free-kick from which James Maddison earned Aberdeen a 2-1 victory over the Ibrox side on Sunday.


“Everyone saw the ball move,” said Warburton of James Tavernier’s last-minute challenge on Jonny Hayes, adding that Beaton’s decision was “frustrating beyond belief”.

Warburton is now reportedly facing a notice of complaint from SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan, and a possible touchline ban, after being reported by Beaton for alleged ‘misconduct’ after the match.

The whistler will be hoping tomorrow’s Group E clash in the Ernst Happel Stadium is more straightforward.

The 34-year-old will have Graham Chambers and Douglas Potter running the line, Kevin Clancy and Don Robertson as additional assistants and Alastair Mather as fourth official.