Re­view wait over ref blast

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER - SHAUN McMANUS

FOOT­BALL Tas­ma­nia’s ref­eree man­ager says he is aware of Devon­port coach Rick Cogh­lan’s scathing com­ments on the stan­dard of ref­er­ee­ing in the Lakosel­jac Cup fi­nal and will “con­tact the club if nec­es­sary” af­ter a re­view.

The Strik­ers were de­nied a late penalty in their 2-0 loss to South Ho­bart at KGV on Mon­day, with South’s Graham Wright judged not to have fouled Miles Barnard in the box. A penalty would have given Devon­port a chance to equalise at 1-1, and Cogh­lan was crit­i­cal post-game of what he called a “dis­grace­ful call” from ref Stratos Plo­mari­tis.

“I’ll take what­ever fine and reper­cus­sions come my way, I think the ref­eree got it com­pletely wrong and he was very in­com­pe­tent on the night, and … he shirked the re­spon­si­bil­ity and bot­tled it in the big mo­ments,” Cogh­lan said.

FT ref­eree man­ager Tony Peart said Plo­mari­tis was the 2018 NPL ref­eree of the year and was the right per­son to do the job in the fi­nal.

“Re­gard­ing Rick’s com­ments — we are aware of the com­ments made and will re­view where that falls within our ex­pec­ta­tions of a coach and con­tact the club if nec­es­sary,” Peart said.

Foot­ball Tas­ma­nia said a match as­ses­sor was ap­pointed at all fi­nals on Mon­day to re­view the of­fi­cials. “This process is yet to be com­plete,” FT said in a state­ment.

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