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Martinez frustrated over harassing of referee

martinezRoberto Martinez has called upon the footballing authorities to review incidents when footballers surround referees en masse.

The Spaniard spoke of his disappointment surrounding the commotion that saw Gareth Barry receive a second bookable offence, and subsequent red card, in last night’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Londoners’ players were quick to circle around referee Jon Moss in an attempt to influence his decision regarding Barry, and at one point Branislav Ivanovic was seen to place his forehead into the back of James McCarthy after pulling the Toffees midfielder away from the fray with his arm around the 24 year old’s throat.

The incident left a sore taste in the mouth of Martinez, and the 41 year old stated that such scenes need to be looked at by the powers that be.

“To give Barry a second yellow just because of the reaction of the Chelsea players, that is disappointing,” he said.

“You don’t want to believe that that decision is given because of the reaction of the players. It’s something that we constantly see here. We have to allow the authorities to look into it.

“Ivanovic’s behaviour is wrong. He grabs McCarthy around his neck in a very forceful manner, then puts his head against him. James McCarthy doesn’t react a single bit.

“If you want to be on top of the law, that’s a red card and we got nothing out of that moment.”

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Tom Power is a 28 year old trainee journalist and assistant editor of NSNO.

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