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Warnock angry that referee was allegedly told of wrong decision midway through match

Warnock angry that referee was allegedly told of wrong decision midway through match

Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock claimed a referee was told during the halftime break of a Premier League match that he'd made a major mistake, and said this may have affected the official's neutrality after the interval.
Warnock said referee Mark Clattenburg was shown or informed by television staff of a handball incident in the first half of Tuesday's match. This involved Sheffield defender Rob Kozluk clearing a header from Manchester City defender Micah Richards off the goal line with his arm.
Clattenburg then allegedly told Kozluk he was lucky not to have been sent off. Man City won 1-0 with a 78th-minute goal from Stephen Ireland at Bramall Lane.
"I'm disappointed with the TV people because they told the referee about a penalty incident involving Kozluk," Warnock said. "That shouldn't have been allowed to happen in the tunnel."
"The referee then goes and tells Kozluk he's lucky to get away with it. That's so unprofessional. If I spoke like that to a referee I'd be done. It's totally out of order."
Warnock said Clattenburg shouldn't have been informed of the incident during the match.
"I don't think a referee should be mentally tried with statements like that at halftime. It can make him aware of a situation," Warnock said.
"It's put pressure on him. There were then one or two things in the second half that I felt should have gone our way which didn't."
Man City manager Stuart Pearce said he was told of the incident by Clattenburg.
"I was told by the referee at halftime he missed a handball, that one of their boys punched the ball off the line," Pearce said. "As referees normally do, they give some and don't give others. We leave it with them.
"You just hope that when decisions like that are missed, they even themselves out or they don't have a bearing on the result. I don't think they did in this game."


Updated : 2021-05-17 00:49 GMT+08:00