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

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Carabao Cup - By Ben Rumsby at Coles Park

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

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