Crystal Palace Boss Keen To Avoid Blaming Referee For Manchester United Defeat

Holloway quiet on referee’s performance in Old Trafford defeat.

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was keen not to be drawn into criticising the performance of referee Jon Moss after his side fell to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, the Daily Mail reports.

The newly-promoted team went behind just before half time to a Robin van Persie penalty, though United winger Ashley Young is widely believed to have dived to win the spot-kick, in a decision which turned the game for the visitors.

Holloway was already serving a touchline ban for previous comments made about referees this season, and was also handed an £18,000 ban after his criticism of Tottenham’s winning penalty on the opening day of the season at Selhurst Park.

Palace have won just one of their opening four games as they face the difficult task of avoiding relegation straight back to the Championship this season, and Holloway will not want to be spending too much more time watching his team from the sidelines.

Asked about the penalty awarded to United, he said: “I would be rude. I literally cannot afford it.

‘My opinion does not count. It does not count because the result is the result and I have just got to deal with it I’m afraid.”

United went on to score again with a free-kick from Wayne Rooney, earning their second win under new manager David Moyes this season, and a much-needed first victory since the opening day of the campaign.

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