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Sanchez fury at decision

19 Aug 2007 - 10:47:13

Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez blasted match officials after seeing David Healy's late strike in the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough ruled out, but stopped short of calling for the use of goalline video technology.

The Northern Ireland international looked to have salvaged a point for the Cottagers when Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer failed to hold his injury-time strike.

Television replays appeared to show the ball had crossed the line, but referee Andy D'Urso ruled out the effort following consultation with his assistant.

"Everybody in the stadium saw as soon as it happened that the ball was over the line," lamented Sanchez.

"It's a big decision that the linesman has to get right. He had a clear view of it.

"If referees and linesmen don't want technology to take the big decisions out of their hands then they have to make those big calls.

"Look at the reaction of the Boro players. Their body language told them it was a goal.

"Plus five Fulham players jumped in the air when it went in. I told the referee a major error had been made between himself and the linesman.

"I can't understand how they didn't see it. I don't like technology, as referees should be making the decision. But they have to be right."

Meanwhile, Sanchez revealed he expects to be without Brian McBride and Hameur Bouazza for significant periods after both players suffered injuries in the defeat.

"It's been a bad day at the office. It started going wrong when Brian scored," he added.

"He dislocated his kneecap and will be out for longer rather than shorter - months, though not the season.

"Hameur then dislocated his shoulder and we lost our momentum."


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