Martinez gets apol­ogy over ‘off­side’ goals

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 - By TREVOR WIL­LIAMS

WI­GAN boss Roberto Martinez has re­ceived an apol­ogy from ref­er­ees’ chief Mike Ri­ley fol­low­ing his side’s con­tro­ver­sial de­feat at Chelsea on Satur­day.

Martinez claimed his rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened side were “robbed” as Chelsea struck twice from what ap­peared to be off­side po­si­tions to se­cure a 2-1 Premier League win at Stam­ford Bridge.

The Spa­niard spoke to Ri­ley, of the Pro­fes­sional Game Match Of­fi­cials Board, over the mat­ter and says the body ac­cept mis­takes were made. Martinez said: “He just said he un­der­stands that at the level of ref­er­ee­ing in this league, they should get that call right.

“I think that is a very hon­ourable way to face mis­takes.

“We are all ca­pa­ble of mak­ing mis­takes and it is about how you re­act to them.”

Martinez was strong in his crit­i­cism of the of­fi­cials af­ter the game, brand­ing the per­for­mance of as­sis­tant Dave Bryan “dis­gust­ing”.

Sur­prised

It has been sug­gested the Lat­ics chief could face ac­tion from the FA over his com­ments, but Martinez does not ex­pect that to hap­pen.

“I think they praised me be­cause they were quite sur­prised I held my­self back and I was so re­spect­ful,” said Martinez.

Bryan, who al­lowed goals for Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata to stand, was stood down from Tues­day night’s Premier League game be­tween Black­burn and Liver­pool.

Martinez said: “I think we all know mis­takes hap­pen, I am the first one to ac­cept that.

“The prob­lem is when you get two calls in two sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, and one of them is so clear, know­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of the lines­man – it is re­ally tough to take.

“We are not look­ing to get peo­ple pun­ished – any­thing ret­ro­spec­tive to the event – but un­for­tu­nately we were stopped from get­ting the re­ward we de­served.”

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