Dikgacoi dismissal angers Hodgson

04 October 2009 06:40
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said he had sympathy for Kagisho Dikgacoi after he was sent off for violent conduct during their 2-2 draw with West Ham.The South African midfielder, 24, who was making his league debut, clashed with Scott Parker before half-time. [LNB]But Hodgson said: "I didn't see any signs of violent conduct - to call it handbags would be exaggerating it. [LNB]"The player and referee, who had to send him off for raising his hand, have my sympathy. He didn't deserve it." [LNB]Dikgacoi and Parker collided in the 42nd minute after the West Ham midfielder had laid the ball off and, after what looked at first glance to be a minor skirmish, referee Phil Dowd appeared to show both players a yellow card.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_8289692");Hodgson proud of Fulham performance[LNB]Television replays showed Dikgacoi raising his hand to Parker's face and after further consultation with his assistant referee, Dowd showed Dikgacoi a red card. [LNB]"The referees are under such enormous instruction, so he has my sympathy," Hodgson added. [LNB]"But they should be given more leeway to look at each situation individually.[LNB] Did you agree with Dikgacoi's dismissal? BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener "I come from a generation where violent conduct is violent. [LNB]"I have a problem getting my head around two players nose-to-nose and one of them sent off for violent conduct. I have a problem with that." [LNB]Hodgson also revealed that he had a conversation with Parker as the two walked down the tunnel at half-time. [LNB]"I was irate and I made my feelings known to Scott," said Hodgson. [LNB]"He conducted himself well though and he thought it was a sending off, so we agreed to differ on the matter." [LNB]Fulham, who were trailing 1-0 at the time, responded magnificently after the break, scoring two quick goals to take the lead. [LNB]But their hopes of clinching a memorable victory were dashed in injury time when Junior Stanislas' shot deflected off Aaron Hughes to leave Cottagers keeper Mark Schwarzer stranded.

Source: BBC_Sport