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By ESPN Staff

Hearts' Black hits out at Thomson over tackle

Hearts midfielder Ian Black claims Rangers' Kevin Thomson could have broken both his ankles in Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game at Tynecastle.

Thomson was shown a straight red card for a 13th-minute challenge on Black in a game the visitors went on to win 2-1.

Black said in the Scottish Sun: ''I saw Kevin coming and I managed to get out of the way as best I could. If I'd been standing with both feet on the ground, I'd probably have ended up with a couple of broken ankles.''

But Black added: ''I know Kevin is not the type of player to deliberately go and hurt anyone. He was late, but he doesn't go out to do that. I know it wasn't intentional.

''He was going for the ball but just timed it wrong. He caught my ankle and it was a sore one.''

Black also took issue with the late penalty that gifted Rangers victory, insisting Ismael Bouzid's challenge on Stevie Naismith was outside the area.

He said: ''Looking at the paper and the photos, the evidence shows it was outside the box and we were hard done by. It was a slap in the face which we certainly didn't deserve going on the first-half performance.''

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