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McLeish points finger at official

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Scotland boss Alex McLeish has called for the official who helped destroy his Euro 2008 dream to be removed from the top level of the game by UEFA.

Spanish referee Manuel Gonzalez, on the signal of his assistant, awarded Italy an injury-time free-kick near Scotland´s touchline after Alan Hutton had been barged over by Giorgio Chiellini. Andrea Pirlo swung the ball over and Christian Panucci headed home to give Italy a 2-1 victory, sealing qualification for both the world champions and France.

McLeish blamed assistant referee Juan Carlos Jiminez for the decision in his post-match comments. He told Sky Sports: "That official, they will have to look at and say ´should they be officiating in a game such as that?´"

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