Dundee boss Neil McCann felt Hibs captain John McGinn should have been sent off as the visitors won 1-0 at Dens Park last night.
It was McGinn who scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game on 52 minutes.
McCann was left raging that the Scotland man wasn’t subsequently sent packing by referee Don Robertson.
McGinn was yellow carded for a foul on Faissal El Bakhtaoui on 63 minutes and then followed that up with a challenge on Glen Kamara, right in front of Robertson.
McCann felt that the second incident bore a striking resemblance to a foul committed by his own player Jack Hendry on McGinn, which earned the Dark Blues midfielder a booking in the first half.
He said: “I’m angry because John shouldn’t be on the pitch.
“I would argue he is probably Hibs’ best player but it’s a cynical foul right in front of the referee and he decides it’s a wee trip and isn’t a yellow card.
“He has booked Jack Hendry for a similar thing but John escapes a second.
“It’s an absolute disgrace.
“That is an advantage that would have helped us but we didn’t get it.
“I am sick of arguing with referees,” added McCann.
“I was desperate for him to come over and explain it but I couldn’t believe his explanation.
“He didn’t deem it was a promising attack and it was an innocent trip.
“But he (McGinn) is coming in at pace.
“You see it in the footage – he’s cleaned him out.
“I know I am going on about one incident in the game but that could have been a turning point in the match.
“Despite my frustration, I am pleased with the application of the boys.”
As well as McGinn, Dundee had their hearts broken by Hibs goalie Ofir Marciano.
In particular, the Israeli keeper produced a wonder save to keep out a Mark O’Hara header in the second half.
As well as being denied by Marciano and the ref, the hosts also had themselves to blame for the 1-0 defeat.
Paul McGowan missed two glorious chances – one a header and one a shot he pulled wide when clean through on goal.
There were also other opportunities for both teams but it was the Edinburgh men who were smiling at full-time.
Hibs manager Neil Lennon said: “I’m delighted because we played really well and could have won the game a lot more comfortably.”