Dunfermline's Jim McIntyre not penalised for referee criticism

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Interview: Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre

Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre has not been punished for his recent criticism of referee Steve Conroy.

The Pars boss was outraged by a penalty given to Rangers on 3 December, saying it was "a disgrace of a decision".

McIntyre was somewhat vindicated when Sone Aluko was later given a two-match suspension for simulation.

"I was able to explain that my words were about the decision and the not the overall performance of the referee," McIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"I received a fair hearing and I'm delighted with the result."

McIntyre will take his usual place in the dugout on Saturday as Dunfermline go in search of a first home win of the season against St Johnstone.

But he will be without first-choice goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, who suffered shoulder damage when Rudi Skacel landed on him after scoring the final goal in Hearts' 4-0 win at Tynecastle last weekend.

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