Ryan Christie has vented his frustration at Spanish referee José María Sánchez after his side’s 1-1 draw with Rennes in France.
The Highlander was denied a stonewall penalty at the beginning of the second half and watched in horror as teammate Vakoun Bayo was shown a bizarre red card.
The striker made minimal, if any, contact with Edouard Mendy when trying to convert a loose ball after the Rennes keeper spilled a shot.
Mendy reacted with a level of drama normally associated with Academy Award winners and while Sanchez initially saw nothing in the incident, he quickly changed his mind and delivered Bayo a second yellow card, followed by a red.
Christie said: “I looked back and was waiting for the referee to give it and I was shocked when he didn’t,” he said.
“I looked at it in the changing room again and it was a definite penalty. It was a relief when we got James’s one and evened it up.
“The red card was a bit strange because it happens and he blatantly waves it and says it was nothing. Then he goes over to the goalkeeper and changes his mind and sends him (Bayo) off.
“And as soon as Bayo is down the tunnel, the goalkeeper is up taking the free-kick straight away.
“I feel for referees because it must be hard to block out the atmosphere and keep in your own head, but we have got to do it as players. Going into the last 10 minutes of that game, it felt like if we put in any fouls, it could be a red card.
“It was difficult but you normally find that playing in these kinds of atmospheres.”
“Overall we are very happy, we limited them to very few chances and created a few of our own.”
“We were desperate to get something. We knew how difficult it was going to be with how well they have started domestically.
“We were frustrated at half-time, after sussing them out and feeling we could definitely hurt them and not being able to capitalise on that.”
In the group’s other game, Cluj defeated Italian giants Lazio 2-1 in Romania. It was a result that will have shocked many, but Christie was sanguine about what it means for the strength of the group.
He said: “I said that before the game, with the standard of teams in this group, everybody can beat each other. It’s going to be difficult to progress from this group.
“We have the experience of playing at Cluj and we know how hostile and how hard it is.”