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Derek Riordan fights Hibs pitch comment fine

Hibernian forward Derek Riordan
Riordan has enlisted the help of the PFA Scotland

Hibernian's Derek Riordan has sought the assistance of the players' union to contest an internal fine imposed for criticising the Easter Road pitch.

The forward said the playing surface was like a "bog", prior to a home game against Kilmarnock last month.

Manager John Hughes refused to be drawn on the matter, saying only that it was "an internal matter".

If his case is rejected by the club, Riordan can pursue further action via the Scottish Premier League.

The 27-year-old made his comments in a media conference before the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock on 6 March, in which he netted the only goal - a wonderful long-range free-kick on 78 minutes.

Riordan fine internal matter - Hughes

Hughes would not discuss Riordan's grievance but did have words of praise for the men responsible for the state of the pitch.

"The groundsmen are here night and day, doing everything that they can," he told BBC Scotland.

"You have to remember the kind of winter we've had. There was snow in Scotland this morning, a way up north. That has to be taken into account.

"When people are making one or two comments, just think of the people who have put in hour and hours of work to try and give you the best possible surface to go and play on."



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Hibernian 1-0 Kilmarnock
06 Mar 10 |  Scottish Premier


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