Paate­lainen highly crit­i­cal of stew­ards fol­low­ing derby drama

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MIXU PAATE­LAINEN crit­i­cised his own club’s se­cu­rity ar­range­ments af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in an an­gry con­fronta­tion with abu­sive Dundee fans dur­ing yes­ter­day’s 2-2 derby draw at Tan­nadice, writes Ste­wart Fisher.

The Dundee United man­ager felt stew­ards should have been more pro-ac­tive in weed­ing out trou­ble­mak­ers among the away sup­port then rev­elled in si­lenc­ing them as he cupped his ear and pumped his fist provoca­tively af­ter Billy McKay’s late equaliser.

Po­lice were present to calm the sit­u­a­tion af­ter the goal – which keeps United in touch with Kil­marnock at the bot­tom of the ta­ble, al­beit seven points adrift with a game in hand – and makes the prospect of a fourth Dundee derby of the sea­son more likely.

“The stew­ards were not do­ing their jobs,” said Paate­lainen. “They were not stop­ping the abuse from the Dundee sup­port­ers right above us. The stew­ards were hav­ing a chat some­where else and not do­ing their jobs. It was to­tal and ut­ter abuse. I am glad not ev­ery­one could hear be­cause it would make you blush. I un­der­stand Dundee sup­port­ers will give us stick.”

Paate­lainen in­sisted he had done noth­ing wrong in the in­ci­dent and did not ex­pect to be hear­ing from SFA com­pli­ance of­fi­cer Tony McGlen­nan. He did ques­tion, how­ever, why op­pos­ing fans are housed in the Jerry Kerr stand di­rectly be­hind the home tech­ni­cal area at Tan­nadice, some­thing of a rar­ity in Scot­tish foot­ball.

“No, surely not,” the Finn said. “Why? What have I done? I would be very sur­prised if there was any ac­tion.

“Op­po­nents’ sup­port­ers are right be­hind us,” he added. “I don’t know why they are there, but they are there. It was at some points quite dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate on the game be­cause of that. But I am de­lighted we got the equaliser and it could be a very im­por­tant point.”

A wild af­ter­noon also saw the Finn’s op­po­site num­ber Paul Hart­ley, whose side played the bulk of the se­cond half with ten men fol­low­ing the dis­missal of goal­keeper Scott Bain for deny­ing McKay a goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity, em­broiled in a spat with United goal­keeper coach Stu­art Gar­den. The pair hav­ing dif­fer­ing opin­ions on an on-field tus­sle be­tween Greg Ste­wart and Paul Dixon. The last­gasp equaliser, McKay’s se­cond of the day means United haven’t lost to their city ri­vals at Tan­nadice in eight games.

CHEERS FOR THE JEERS: Mixu Paate­lainen heads for the dress­ing room, con­tent with a point af­ter volatile af­ter­noon

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