Ref concerns for Allardyce

16 April 2007 02:26
Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce believes that his side are still being harshly treated by referees, after the 2-1 loss at Arsenal all but ended their Champions League hopes. The Trotters were denied a penalty when Emmanuel Eboue seemed to handle in the area and Allardyce thinks that match officials are still favouring the bigger teams. He told the Evening News: "Referees are human, just like everybody else. "The subconscious is something that plays a major part in everybody's life and, while we don't do things intentionally, it happens. "They (referees) can't help being affected by the crowd and they can't help being affected by what happens in a big stadium like the Emirates. "It was a clear penalty. Eboue handled the ball and he's chosen not to give it. He got it horribly wrong on such a big occasion and on such a big day. "It's a massive decision that's gone against us that could have given us a point. That, for us, could have been a major point. "Finally, we can now say the Champions League is out of the way. But, if we had got that point we could still be putting pressure on Arsenal."

Source: ESA