Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yes, I Lost It but That's Because I Wanted to Show My Frustration

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yes, I Lost It but That's Because I Wanted to Show My Frustration

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Byline: evening standard FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017 55 Slaven Bilic Read his column every Friday

EVERYONE makes mistakes and both myself and my assistant manager, Nikola Jurcevic, will pay for ours following the PS8,000 fine imposed on us for our actions during the match against West Brom.

I shouldn't have done what I did but it was a game we should and would have won if just one decision had gone our way.

Of course, you don't expect referees to get it all right because this is a game of mistakes and I make them -- everyone makes them.

Whoever knows me will tell you I always make a point of saying how unbelievably difficult it is for referees these days.

Having said that, though, when it happens as it did to us on five or six occasions against West Brom last Saturday, it is hard to take.

I am standing on the touchline, saying: "Just give us one decision -- just one!" It was simply too much.

I am normally okay on the touchline, I like to have a laugh with the fourth official and have some banter with the opposition manager -- I enjoy that and appreciate it because in some other countries in which I have worked, that sort of interaction is not encouraged.

I love that aspect of working in the Premier League but this was different. Yes, I am afraid I did 'lose it' a little at the end but I knew what I was doing.

It was one of those occasions when, because of the level of frustration, you want to do something and there is no force in the world that is going to stop you.

You want to show everyone how frustrated you are and although you know that your actions will result in you being punished, still you do it.

I also want to say how much I rate Michael Oliver and he knows that. Last season, I can't remember him refereeing any of our games but he was the fourth official at one of our matches towards the end of the campaign. …

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