Wis­bech boss could quit due to dis­may over refs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

WIS­BECH man­ager Steve Ap­pleby is con­sid­er­ing quit­ting foot­ball af­ter hav­ing a cat­a­logue of ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions go against his side.

Ap­pleby, who has been in charge of the Fen­men for al­most two years, has be­come dis­mayed by the stan­dard of of­fi­ci­at­ing en­coun­tered in the Rid­geons Premier Divi­sion.

Wis­bech sit sixth in the ta­ble but Ap­pleby is fast fall­ing out of love with the game.

He said: “I have to think long and hard about whether I want to be in­volved in foot­ball any­more. I al­ways said I’d go when I stopped en­joy­ing it and that’s the way it is now.

“Too many matches are no longer de­cided by foot­balling abil­ity and that’s not right.

“I’ve been in­volved in men’s foot­ball since the age of 15 and can re­mem­ber when good old-fash­ioned ref­er­ees dis­played com­mon sense and had their own mind, but sadly they are few and far be­tween now.

“It seems to me they are only in­ter­ested in climb­ing lad­ders and im­press­ing the as­ses­sors sat in the stands now. What makes it worse is the ma­jor­ity of them are so ar­ro­gant you can’t even speak to them.”

Ap­pleby was sent from the dug-out at Ely on Box­ing Day for al­legedly us­ing foul and abu­sive lan­guage at the of­fi­cials.

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