Referees Get A Frosty Reception From Angry Saints Defender John
Controversial Decision Costs Pat’s
St Patrick's Athletic full-back John Frost has blasted the standard of refereeing in the eircom League after another controversial decision cost his side against Bohemians on Friday night.
Aidan O'Keeffe grabbed a last minute winner for the Gypsies at Richmond Park but Frost, who was tracking his former team-mate, insists that the young striker used his hand to steer the ball home.
The Saints have had an unfortunate run of luck as regards flashpoint decisions in recent weeks and a frustrated Frost feels it's time to stand up and voice his complaints.
"It's the first time I've ever really complained about it, but the standard of refereeing in this league is a disgrace," fumed the left sided defender.
"It's a real kick in the teeth. The last weeks we've been doing ok but refereeing decisions are killing us now."
“Up in Longford, a penalty was given for a handball which was never a penalty.
“Then in Bray we had a player (Darragh Maguire) sent off for being the last man when there were two men behind him.
"And then on Friday we had a handball for the goal - the chap even admitted it after the game - I don't know how the lineslady didn't see it."
"It's the same thing in week in, week out. It's a disgrace that's three league games in a row where the referee has done us,” he added
”It’s just frustrating. You can ask players in the league, any player.
The standard of refereeing is crap. I'm an honest fella but I'm sick, I've had it now."
And the Waterford man still has painful memories of a refereeing decision from last year's FA! Cup Final when he was representing his native city.
"You look at the cup final that I was involved in last year there were two balls on the pitch when Longford equalised and players stopped," he recalled.
"Maybe there should be some kind of screening where they bring in quality.
"Maybe there should be some d of school of excellence, it should be like a football team where you pick your best players.
"I can't say it enough. Maybe you make your own luck but any chance we had tonight, nothing came up for us,“ he added.
"You have to take the positives out of it as well, we're building for next season and we need to get the best of what we can out of this year.
"We will be successful next year, the club is ambitious and we will be successful, there is no doubt."