Bury boss David Flitcroft calls on the Football League to introduce professional referees

Bury manager David Flitcroft

Bury manager David Flitcroft

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BURY manager David Flitcroft has called on the Football League to establish professional referees in every competition.

The Shakers boss was left fuming after Jeremy Simpson awarded Wanderers a debatable penalty in the sixth-minute of second-half injury time in last night’s Capital One Cup tie.

Craig Davies equalised from the spot and Wanderers eventually made it through to the second round with a 3-2 win after extra time.

The late drama led a clearly frustrated Flitcroft to call for a revamp of refereeing immediately after the game, and he repeated those demands in a press conference today.

“We haven’t been beaten by Bolton, we have been beaten by a poor refereeing display,” he said.

“I don’t know where those six minutes (of injury time) have come from - I have not seen that for a long time.

“Then you go on to look at the referee’s performance. It was very inconsistent, very cloudy in his decision making, booking our players who had to ride tackles that were flying in and they (the Bolton players) didn’t get spoken to.

“Then we have got the penalty decision.

“We’ve looked at it, Craig Davies was going away from the ball.

“Why Craig Davies has gone down? He was trying to win a penalty to win a football match for his team – that happens in football.

“But the referee has got to decide, was it a penalty or not, was there contact? Quite clearly from the angle that we have got, and the referee shared, Rob Lainton has pulled out.

“But he didn’t wait to even speak to his assistants or speak to anyone on his mic to get a second opinion.”

Flitcroft also highlighted the inexperience of fourth official Peter Bankes, who had only officiated at one professional match before last night’s game.

And he added: “I can’t understand, with all of the money in the game, and players this week signing £300,000 a month contracts, that we don’t have professional referees.

“It is a professional game. The potential loss of earnings for this football club should be taken into account, but it won’t be.”

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9:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

I agree with DF we were beaten by simulation and a referee who would not know the difference if he had an extra eye in the middle of his forehead.As for the six minutes he obviously cannot calculate proper injury time,as for linesmen and fourth officials what a waste of time they are,the decision making in the football league is P*** Poor.I agree that referees should be professional and up to the job,not serving an apprenticeship in important games,they cost not only finance but points.
I agree with DF we were beaten by simulation and a referee who would not know the difference if he had an extra eye in the middle of his forehead.As for the six minutes he obviously cannot calculate proper injury time,as for linesmen and fourth officials what a waste of time they are,the decision making in the football league is P*** Poor.I agree that referees should be professional and up to the job,not serving an apprenticeship in important games,they cost not only finance but points. Ex Pat of Bury
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2:30pm Thu 14 Aug 14

tomroy says...

i certainly ,agree all football league referees should be professional'
but what difference would it have made to the result at bolton ,we were
just unlucky on the night and did,nt deserve to lose.
i certainly ,agree all football league referees should be professional' but what difference would it have made to the result at bolton ,we were just unlucky on the night and did,nt deserve to lose. tomroy
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