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Moyes fumes at ref Wiley

15 Sep 2008 - 07:46:47

David Moyes was unrepentant after being sent to the stands by referee Alan Wiley during Everton's exciting 3-2 victory at Stoke City.

Moyes was fuming when Wiley appeared to award his side a penalty for handball by Leon Cort, only to change his mind and hand Everton a free-kick just outside the area.

After expressing his point of view, Moyes was forced to watch the closing stages of the match alongside Potters fans, but insisted after the match that he was in the right.

He said: "I was standing watching and I felt right away that that it was a handball. The linesman waved and the referee made his decision, which was towards the spot.

"He (Wiley) is entitled to go and check it (with his assistant) but to get it so blatantly wrong was poor.

"If I'd got it wrong I'd have told him. I'd have gone and seen him and apologised. But I don't feel that way because he got it wrong. I felt all day that he had a difficult afternoon.

"There's no appeal for managers but, if there was, mine would be right.

"I don't want to be criticising referees because I don't like to do that, but in the game I got very passionate and I wanted to win.

"It was an important three points and, after being 2-0 up and it going back to 2-2, that was a very important moment in the game."


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