Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bosses Join in Referee Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Bosses Join in Referee Attack

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Blackburn Rovers 1

Tottenham Hotspur 1

RIVAL managers Mark Hughes and Martin Jol rounded on referee Phil Dowd after yesterday's controversial Premiership draw at Ewood Park, writes KEN GAUNT.

Blackburn boss Hughes wants a meeting with referees' chief Keith Hackett, while Tottenham coach Jol was furious after he believed he had been ordered from the dugout late on.

However, it later transpired Dowd claims he did no such thing.

Jol thought the referee had dismissed him late on, because of his protests at the red card issued to Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly.

But a Premier League spokesman last night said: "He was not sent off. The referee just asked him to stand away."

Rovers took the lead with a superb 25-yard volley from Tugay. But the former Turkey playmaker was later red-carded, adjudged to have brought down Hossam Ghaly.

Jermain Defoe equalised from the penalty spot - but Ghaly was dismissed later for appearing to elbow Michael Gray, leading to Jol's outburst at Dowd.

Hughes was livid over the seventh penalty against his side this season. He will appeal against Tugay's red card.

"It is important we highlight these things to the powers-that-be," he said. "Performance level is what we are all about - players, management and referees. Their performance has to be of the required standard.

"I do not think Mr Dowd would have been proud of his performance."

Early pressure saw Shabani Nonda find the net for Blackburn after seven minutes following a through ball from David Bentley - but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Tottenham responded two minutes later, and Young-Pyo Lee swung in a deep cross from the right, forcing Brett Emerton to head over his own bar. Then Edgar Davids shot wide.

A poor clearance from Andre Ooijer was picked up by Mido, who snatched at the half-chance in the 14th minute.

Blackburn took the lead in the 22nd minute with a stunning volley from Tugay which gave England number one Paul Robinson no chance. …

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