Support for Levein following referee blast

Levein is still seething about McCurry's performance in the Tannadice side's 3-1 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox despite the referee admitting he had called the game's two crucial decisions wrongly in favour of the home side.

United have complained to Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith despite McCurry admitting on the SFA website he had got both crucial decisions wrong.

Levein said his outburst elicited empathy and sympathy from all over the country.

He said: "I have received loads of text messages of support from people in the game over the weekend.

"You can ask any other team if they get the breaks in crucial matches in Glasgow and the answer is no.

"It's the most annoyed I've been in all the time I've been in the game.

"These are not innocuous things like corners or throw-ins, these are goals and penalties.

"This is my livelihood. It's as basic as paying the mortgage to what holiday I go on."

Levein also claimed McCurry congratulated Nacho Novo after the Spaniard scored to put Rangers 2-0 up.

He said: "I watched the game on television and you could see Mike McCurry saying, 'good goal Nacho'.

"Why didn't he say that to Mark de Vries when he scored for us? His was a good goal as well."

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