Shoot them – Ferguson scathing of referees


Darren Ferguson referred to as for referees to be shot because the annoyed Doncaster Rovers supervisor launched a scathing assault on the usual of officiating in League One.

Ferguson – the son of iconic former Manchester United boss Alex – was furious following Doncaster’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday after he claimed his aspect had been denied a “blatant penalty” within the closing phases.

And the 45-year-old took purpose at referee Andy Haines and the usual of refereeing in England’s third tier post-match.

“It’s the most blatant penalty you’ll ever see, there’s nothing to think about,” Ferguson stated. “The defender has simply pulled Andy Butler to the ground. The linesman can see it, he’s stood trying proper at it.

“It’s the clearest penalty you’ll see all season, and the objective is a transparent foul, and the linesman is laughing on the finish of the sport about it. I feel it’s disgusting.

“The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I’ve had enough of it.”

Requested what the Soccer Affiliation ought to do, Ferguson responded: “Shoot them, it could be a good suggestion.

“I have to shut my mouth and I have to make sure I’m being respectful, but when they’re laughing at the end of the game saying ‘it’s my opinion and that’s what counts’, I think we’ve seen enough now.”

Doncaster are 12th in League One, eight factors adrift of the sixth and ultimate play-off spot.


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