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Israeli official Eli Hacmon felt misled on refs' strike

Eli Hacmon
Eli Hacmon refereed Kilmarnock's 2-0 against Aberdeen at Rugby Park

Israeli referee Eli Hacmon insists he would not have come to Scotland to cover for the referees' strike had he known the true reasons for the dispute.

Hacmon took charge of Kilmarnock's 2-0 win against Aberdeen at Rugby Park, but said he was upset at not being told Scottish refs were being criticised.

"I am not happy about the reasons we came here. We did not know the reason before we came on Friday," he said.

"If we knew it before, we would not have come here."

Saturday's Scottish Premier League programme went ahead as planned, despite Scottish referees withdrawing their labour and the heavy snow.

If I knew the reasons was the managers didn't give respect to our colleagues, we wouldn't have come here

Israeli referee Eli Hacmon

There were doubts when officials from Portugal returned home and Polish replacements did not travel.

No reasons were given for the officials withdrawing, but Hacmon insists his team of refs were kept in the dark about the reasons behind the strike.

Scottish referees are striking over what they feel is excessive criticism from factions within Scottish football regarding recent performances.

"We need to back up our friends and support them," said Hacmon.

"If I knew the reasons was the managers didn't give respect to our colleagues, we wouldn't have come here.

"I am very sad that I heard only yesterday night and this morning in the newspapers. I was very sad.

"When the FA told us about the situation, they said it was political, and no more - if it was political it would be OK.

"But if they are not giving back-up to our friends, this is different."

Hacmon will act as fourth official at Fir Park on Sunday when Motherwell take on Hearts.

On Thursday, the Israeli Football Association told BBC Scotland its Scottish counterpart did not appraise it of the reasons behind the forthcoming referees' strike.

Yariv Teper, head of the Israeli referees' union, said officials may have reconsidered their decision had they known the full story.

"We would have discussed this issue among the professional community and reached a decision," said Teper.

"We need to know more about what are the reasons."

Hacmon had a fairly uneventful day at Rugby Park, although awarded a straightforward penalty for Kilmarnock when Alexei Eremenko was fouled in the box by keeper Jamie Langfield.

"We had quiet managers today," said Hacmon.

"They had no comments or problems and the spectators were nice."



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