Yeovil should have been kicked out of Cup, say Haringey
Manager vents anger after defeat in replay Loizou also attacks Uefa for leniency to Bulgaria
Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou declared Yeovil Town should have been thrown out of the FA Cup after seeing them beat his side in their replayed tie last night.
An angry Loizou also condemned the sanctions imposed on Bulgaria yesterday over the racist abuse hurled at England players five days before he led a landmark walk-off against Yeovil, saying the country should have been banned from international football for four years.
Having repeatedly refused to call for his opponents to be expelled from the FA Cup over the bottles launched at his goalkeeper as well as – allegedly – pebbles, spittle, and discriminatory chanting 10 days ago, Loizou revealed his true feelings after his side were beaten 3-0 in the rearranged fixture.
“I think, first of all, we could’ve been kicked out because I led the players off the field,” he said.
“But I think a heavier punishment should have happened to Yeovil. Maybe they should have been thrown out of the competition as well.”
Last night’s match kicked off hours after Uefa imposed a twomatch stadium ban on Bulgaria for the monkey chants and Nazi salutes directed at England’s players in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.
“The punishment they got is a total, total disgrace,” Loizou said, declaring the country should have been banned to “make them realise how serious it is”.
Yeovil fans let their players do their talking on the pitch last night as their replayed fourth qualifying round tie – thankfully – went off without incident.
Nothing was left to chance in a bid to avoid a repeat of the shameful scenes that forced the abandonment of the original fixture.
The police were a highly-visible presence at the kind of match for which they would never usually be required and there were triple the number of stewards patrolling the perimeter of Haringey’s Coles Park home compared to the original game – albeit matched by a similar increase in the size of the crowd.
There were signs – literally – last night that a repeat would not be tolerated, including a printed banner behind the same goal reading “Haringey Stand Up to Racism”, a handwritten one on the touchline that read “Show Racism the Red Card” and an on-field photo opportunity next to one reading “We stand together: Tackling Hate crime in London’s communities”.
The match itself witnessed a comfortable Yeovil win courtesy of two goals from Chris Dagnall and one by Luke Wilkinson.
Full flight: Valery Pajetat, a target of abuse in the first game, makes a save