Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kinnear Furious with Referee; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kinnear Furious with Referee; BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

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JOE Kinnear launched a verbal attack on referee Mike Dean after watching his Newcastle side lose 2-1 against Wigan at the JJB stadium.

Dean dismissed defender Newcastle Sebastien Bassong for bringing down Emile Heskey to allow Amr Zaki to slot home his ninth Premier League goal from the penalty spot, giving Wigan a 2-0 lead.

Then Dean handed Newcastle substitute Andrew Carroll a yellow card for diving when it looked as if Newcastle might save a point with a late spot-kick.

Kinnear said: "I can't find words to express his (Dean's) performance. If he gives a penalty for Heskey why couldn't he for Andy Carroll?

"Heskey has done well, thrown himself and lost his balance. But he's 6ft 3in for Christ's sake. The referees fall for it. At the other end Andy Carroll's got hacked down from behind. See it on TV, see it on the tape, it's a clear penalty."

Caretaker Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia was happy with a home point against Blackburn that extends his side's unbeaten run to three games. …

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