Sus­pend ref­eree call from Askey

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey has called for ref­eree An­thony Cog­gins to be sus­pended af­ter de­scrib­ing his de­ci­sion to aban­don Satur­day’s game with Dover as the worst he has ever seen in foot­ball.

The Silk­men were lead­ing 1-0 in the sec­ond half af­ter Danny Rowe’s goal on the half hour mark when ref­eree Cog­gins de­cided to sus­pend the match just af­ter half-time due to fog.

While the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in at­ten­dance felt that the fog was clear­ing and con­di­tions were fine, the ref­eree dis­agreed, and de­cided to call off the fix­ture.

Askey was fu­ri­ous with the out­come, and was dis­ap­pointed for the fans that missed out on see­ing a full match played.

“It’s prob­a­bly the worst de­ci­sion that has ever been made in foot­ball and that’s not an over­state­ment,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“It’s just a lu­di­crous de­ci­sion and I just hope the ref­eree gets re­ported and gets s0us­pended as he shouldn’t be ref­er­ee­ing if he’s mak­ing de­ci­sions like that.

“Nor­mally you call a game off be­cause you can’t see but the weather im­proved and it’s prob­a­bly bet­ter then when we started.

“When the ref­eree came over to the touch­line he said that he couldn’t see the ball so they’ll come off for 15 min­utes and then if it got bet­ter we would restart the game.

“It had cleared up so it’s just beg­gar’s be­lief that it’s been called off.

“You get frus­trated and an­gry as it costs the club money its costs the fans money.”

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