Tuesday 16 January 2018

Galway boss sees red over refereeing standards

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SEAN CONNOR is the latest manager to risk the wrath of the FAI after launching a stinging attack on refereeing in the League of Ireland.

The Galway United boss saw two of his players sent off against Bohemians at Dalymount Park on Friday and, although the visitors still won 2-0, Connor didn’t hold back in his criticism of referee Damien Hancock and assistant Marc Douglas.

The assistant spotted a strike by Rhys Meynell on Owen Heary that resulted in the Galway defender being sent off, while Hancock was somewhat harshly dismissed Paul Sinnott for an overzealous tackle.

Connor said both decisions were wrong and claimed that they were examples of poor refereeing. “Listen, somebody needs to get the referees in this country and show them some of the stupid things that they do.

“Sinnott’s red card was absolutely ridiculous. Do you know what? Sinnott is the nicest player in the league; he’s too nice.”

Meanwhile, dejected Bohs manager Pat Fenlon was dismayed at his side’s performance and, ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Bray Wanderers, he said he couldn't be sure he would get a response from his players.

“They’ll be down,” he said. “I hope they’ll be down. We lost to our biggest rivals last week (3-0 away to Shamrock Rovers) and we didn’t get a response this week so the honest answer to that is I don’t know.

“Give Galway credit, they came and got the three points but we didn’t defend properly and didn’t take our chances. I didn’t say too much (in the dressing-room), to be honest. I let them do the t

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