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ALTHOUGH The New Saints beat Livingston in Sunday's Irn-Bru Cup second round tie, the game ended in controversy after a 6-5 win for the hosts on penalties.

League of Ireland referee Robert Harvey used the ABBA system for the shoot-out after the teams were unable to be separated during the 120 minutes, but the conventional ABAB system should have been used, as it was in the Ayr United and Montrose clash in the same competitions days earlier.

The Scottish Professional Football League have issued a statement saying they are seeking an explanation from the Scottish FA regarding the shoot-out.

A 28-year-old teacher, Harvey was promoted to the FIFA list last season.