RICHIE FORAN, as captain of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, had attended a pre-season meeting of senior players, managers and referees – and it gave him some ammunition concerning the penalty that looked to have sunk his side at Tynecastle.
From Andrew Driver's free kick, Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas and Ryan Esson, the Inverness goalkeeper, collided in mid-air, with referee Bobby Madden pointing to the spot. It was hard to determine the offence; the impact that eventually ended Zaliukas' participation was an honest contest. Madden had already called Simon King for holding John Sutton as the Hearts forward moved toward the flight of the ball. It is a common kind of infringement, part of the dark arts of penalty-box defending, and Sutton has form for selling any kind of impediment for maximum value. But Foran pursued the official with a different complaint.
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