Bolton Wanderers might have just blown apart their UEFA Cup dreams. Gary Megson’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of their last 16 tie at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday night but the Bolton manager has blasted the match officials for his side’s disappointment.
The rules are if you handle outside the box you get sent off. Patricio got both hands on the ball.
As for the fourth official, he is a doughnut. He did not know the rules.
You are allowed to stand up and try to work on behalf of your football club. You don’t have to sit down like a dummy all the time.
He didn’t know the rules, so we got him a copy, but it still didn’t seem to matter.
It would have been better if they knew the rules on the pitch, though, rather than relating to chuffing dug-outs because the lad handled the ball with both hands outside the box.
He shouldn’t have been on the pitch but then I don’t think the game was particularly well officiated.
I don’t normally come out and criticise but I think he (the referee) fell for one or two things.
The incident referred to by Megson pertains to Lisbon keeper Rui Patricio handling the ball outside his area and not getting sent off. Well, Megson has a point but still he cannot cover up his side’s weaknesses by blaming the referees. That would be too naive.