Seething Dundee lodge SFA complaint over 'serious concerns' about handling of Michael Mellon head injury
Raging Dundee have written to the SFA to demand answers over why play wasn't stopped following Michael Mellon's head knock during Sunday's Tayside derby St Johnstone at Dens Park.
Tony Docherty's men claimed a 2-1 win against their Premiership rivals, but suffered a blow towards the end of the game when Burnley loanee Mellon had to be stretchered off the field after a nasty head collision with Saints player Liam Gordon. Referee David Munro did not stop the game straight away but the Dundee medical team led by Dr Derek McCormack were quickly able to attend to Mellon, who was then taken to hospital.
Dee bosses have now revealed that they have written to the SFA over their serious concerns over the handling of the incident, with the game not being stopped immediately. Their club statement read: "The club is today writing to the Scottish FA in the strongest terms to express its serious concerns that play was not stopped to allow immediate attention to Michael after what was clearly a dreadful head clash.
"Michael sustained a significant head injury in yesterday’s match against St Johnstone, but thanks to the swift intervention by Dr McCormack and the medical team, his condition was stabilised and he was transferred to Ninewells Hospital Accident and Emergency Department. Following specialist investigations he was discharged with appropriate head injury advice. He will continue his recovery under the supervision of the club’s medical team in accordance with concussion protocols."
In the wake of yesterday's match, Dundee manager Tony Docherty was also extremely angry by the on-field officials initial response to the collision and argued that Mellon's life had been placed at risk. He said: "He’s not great. I’d like the referee