Review wait over ref blast
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.