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Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
SFA chief slams Mikoliunas 'dive'
SFA chief executive Gordon Smith
Smith has backed the use of video evidence for 'simulation'
SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has hit out at Saulius Mikoliunas for his antics in winning Lithuania a penalty in their 3-1 defeat to Scotland.

The Hearts player tumbled over the outstretched leg of Darren Fletcher despite no contact being made.

"I was disappointed in Mikoliunas," Smith told The Times.

"It could be that he reverted to what is acceptable in Lithuania because he was playing for his national side, even though it's unacceptable here.

Smith announced plans to use video evidence to punish 'simulation' after taking over at Hampden this summer.

The SFA aim to hand out retrospective punishment to offenders, with Smith looking for Scotland to lead the way in stamping out such behaviour.

This is a blight on our game and the more we recognise it the better

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith

Smith continued: "This is a blight on our game and the more we recognise it the better."

Scotland went on to win the Euro 2008 qualifier 3-1 but Smith said the victory would have been tarnished if it had been achieved through similar means as Mikoliunas.

Smith also criticised Slovenian referee Damir Skomina, who awarded the spot-kick.

Tomas Danilevicius fired the ill-gained penalty past Craig Gordon to cancel out Kris Boyd's opener for Scotland.

"I don't think the referee helped the situation, either, possibly because he comes from a country where that sort of behaviour isn't so frowned upon," the SFA chief said.

"I thought the referee was poor."

Striker Kris Boyd claimed after the game that Scotland should "fight fire with fire" and adopt similar tactics.

But Smith said: "Despite what a few people have said, if we had won with a penalty in similar circumstances I would still have been annoyed.

"We should make this a campaign, with Scotland leading it.

606: DEBATE

"While there has been opposition from Fifa to our plan for video reviews of matches, we're still talking about it.

"The schedule was always to introduce reviews on 1 January and we will continue with a campaign to work towards that.

"Unless we're specifically told by Fifa not to do it, we would still like to introduce the practice."



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