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Jewell rages at officials
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell hit out at the match officials and in particular female assistant referee Amy Fearn after his side were denied a penalty in their 2-1 defeat at Birmingham.
Jewell was angry that an 81st-minute challenge by City skipper Steven Caldwell on Lee Martin went unpunished, storming on to the pitch afterwards to confront the officials.
Referee Robert Lewis appeared to have a better view of the incident than Fearn - who in February 2010 became the first woman to take charge of a Football League match - but Jewell pulled no punches in the post-match press conference. Responding to the comment 'I think everyone to a man thought it was a penalty', Jewell replied: "Unfortunately to every man, but not a woman."
He added: "Although the referee didn't have a good view, I thought the lineswoman, or whatever she's called, had a great view.
"It's a stonewall penalty and it's a sending off, but he (Lewis) didn't give it. You better ask him why he didn't give it, or her why she (Fearn) didn't give it."
"I asked them at the end but it's a wall of silence, it's happened but I don't know why it's happened. I don't even think it's a debatable penalty."
Town appeared on course for a deserved point until Nikola Zigic's 91st-minute winner from close range.
The clincher came from David Murphy's long throw, the same source which led to the Serbian's ninth-minute opener which was cancelled out by Martin's superb long-range finish after a driving run from midfield.
Jewell added: "We had some good situations on a plate that we didn't make the most of, the players' effort was unstinting.
"It was just the two goals we gave away were bad goals, from long throws. But in between that there was a lot of good points."
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