Sunday 18 March 2018

Gormley launches broadside at referee after 'ridiculous' call

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Eddie Gormley was left furious in the aftermath of Bray Wanderer's opening night defeat to Dundalk after what he called a "ridiculous" decision by referee Dave McKeon.

McKeon awarded the Seagulls a second-minute penalty as Shane O'Neill -- having stayed on his feet despite being fouled by Liam Burns -- was in the process of having a shot at goal. And although the ball ended up in the net the referee brought play back, choosing not to send Burns off in the process, a decision that infuriated the Bray manager as Peter Cherrie saved O'Neill's penalty.

And Gormley launched a stinging attack on the official saying, "If one of my players performed the way he performed I'd throw him out of the club. It's bordering on the ridiculous. I'd love to know what the refereeing assessor made of it.

"I'm gutted for the players. They're young lads, that's all they are. I thought it was a poor, poor performance from him. It's a minute in, there's contact, we score a goal, he pulls it back and gives a penalty.

"Whether it's the first minute or the last minute the rules stay the same. He should have either let the goal stand or given the penalty and the player has to go. They're simple facts of football.

"It's frustrating when you're dealing with young players because it's them that suffer. They come in every week, they work as hard and all they expect when they go out on the pitch is that they have someone at the same level doing his job, but it's not happening.

"Will he be refereeing in the Premier League next week? Probably. Will he referee me again this season? Probably. People say I have a go at referees. Well the proof is in the pudding. Have a look at the way he performed."

Irish Independent

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