Roberto Martinez felt his team deserved a draw against Man United…
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has made a scathing assessment of the performance of referee Kevin Friend, who officiated the Toffee’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, Martinez believes the referee made a ‘major, major error’ by not stopping play before Radamel Falcao’s goal, which would prove to be the winner. In the build-up, Steven Pienaar had sustained an injury, and Martinez believes that the referee cost them a point in the game.
Earlier in the day, Steven Naismith had cancelled out Angel di Maria’s opener, while Leighton Baines had a penalty brilliantly saved by David de Gea, who was outstanding throughout.
“We’re disappointed with the second goal. I thought the referee made a major, major error,” the Everton manager said after the game.
“I just don’t understand that decision. Steven Pienaar was on the ground, we made it clear to the referee to stop the game and he allowed it to play on and it was very, very disappointing.
“Steven receives a knock and he goes to ground, the ball is in front of him and the referee is well aware of it. He is talking with fourth official. It is a clear-cut decision. The law says if the player is on the ground and the ball is not in a dangerous position you need to stop the game.
“Man United attacks and the ball ends up in our net and I don’t think that is fair. I think that action was a big mistake from the referee.”
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