FC Hibs receive SFA apology as VAR error in Aberdeen draw leads to crunch talks

The incident that prompted the apology happened when Hibs was not given a penalty by VAR for a handball against Nicky Devlin, resulting in a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie in an eventful encounter.

The SFA reportedly apologized to Hibs following their 2-2 draw with Aberdeen, where the visitors were denied a penalty.

After being shut out at home for the second time in four days, Neil Warnock’s team is now tied for eighth place in the table with the Hibees, who are five points outside the top six.

Before the Premiership split, both teams have a difficult road ahead of them. A draw would benefit neither team, however there were two controversial calls made during the match, one of which resulted in an apology from the SFA.

Nicky Devlin’s arm appeared to be struck in an unusual position by Jordan Obita’s cross, but referee David Munro and VAR decided against awarding Hibs a penalty.

Easter Road officials have now issued a statement in response to their conversations with Hampden chiefs.

Following the club’s thrilling away Premiership match against Aberdeen on February 17, 2024, it stated: “Hibernian FC met with representatives of the Scottish FA.”

“After reviewing the match, the club feels that when Jordan Obita’s cross struck Aberdeen defender Nicky Devlin’s arm in the first half, VAR committed a major error.

“The referee was informed that the on-field decision was valid, meaning no penalty was given, after the situation was examined by VAR.

“To contest the ruling, the club met with the Scottish FA at Hampden earlier today, February 19.

“The governing body stated that a mistake was made since the Referee Department concurred that the event ought to have been reported via VAR for On-Field Review.

“This is not the first occasion where the Club has received an apology for VAR errors, and the club will continue to work with the Scottish FA regarding officiating in the Scottish game.”

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