Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

KARANKA: WE JUST WANT A FAIR DEAL; Boro Are Not Being Treated Equally by Match Officials Blasts Coach Treatment beyond a Joke - Boro Boss

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

KARANKA: WE JUST WANT A FAIR DEAL; Boro Are Not Being Treated Equally by Match Officials Blasts Coach Treatment beyond a Joke - Boro Boss

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Byline: Philip Tallentire Boro editor philip.tallentire@trinitymirror.com

AITOR Karanka believes his team are getting a raw deal from match officials.

The Boro boss was left fuming after Blackburn equalised five minutes into stoppage time at the end of Saturday's Championship clash at the Riverside.

He believed, and TV replays backed him up, that Dimi Konstantopoulos was fouled by Chris Brown as he tried to gather Ben Marshall's corner, which eventually ended up in the net via Rudy GestGest R -ede's boot.

The goal cancelled out Patrick Bamford's 83rd minute opener and denied Boro the two points that would have taken the club joint top with leaders Derby.

In the aftermath of the Blackburn goal, Karanka was sent to the stand by referee Mark Clattenburg after being accused of pushing fourth official David Coote and could face an FA charge.

The Spaniard wasn't, however, Turn to Page 47 From Back Page just angered by the foul on his keeper, he believes opposition coaching staff are treated differently to his own far too often for his liking.

"The thing that I am very tired of is our bench always has to be calm, has to be patient, and the other bench is always laughing and joking with the fourth official so I am tired," he explained.

Karanka denies pushing the fourth official, adding: "He (the referee) said that I had pushed the fourth official, and I told him that the fourth official didn't tell him that he was laughing with the opposition bench.

Asked if he pushed him, Karanka added: "I don't think so, no, we were arguing. It was a normal argument in the tunnel with some of them, some of us, normal things in football."

Karanka was quick to apologise for losing his cool but also expressed frustration with the officials.

He said: "The first thing I want to do is apologise for my behaviour because my behaviour has been bad and Middlesbrough Football Club doesn't deserve my behaviour, so I want to apologise, but I am going to fight for this club to the last second and put in 100% every day. …

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