City boss Coleman is left fuming

COVENTRY City boss Chris Coleman was fuming at referee Michael Oliver's decision to play seven minutes of injury-time on Saturday.In fact, the Welshman blasted sarcastically: “We'd still be playing now if the score was still 2-2, by the looks of it!”Coleman is fully expecting to be hauled up before the Football Association, for both his on-the-pitch rant at Mr Oliver, and his post-game remarks to the press.

Carl Marston

COVENTRY City boss Chris Coleman was fuming at referee Michael Oliver's decision to play seven minutes of injury-time on Saturday.

In fact, the Welshman blasted sarcastically: “We'd still be playing now if the score was still 2-2, by the looks of it!”

Coleman is fully expecting to be hauled up before the Football Association, for both his on-the-pitch rant at Mr Oliver, and his post-game remarks to the press.


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Coleman believed that the final whistle should have been sounded long before his defender, Richard Wood, had scored the equaliser, let alone Pablo Counago poaching the winner.

“The fourth official put four minutes up. We then scored in about the sixth, and they scored in the seventh! Where did the seven minutes come from?” pleaded Coleman.

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“There should not have been enough time for us to get the equaliser, I admit that.

“But just because he (the referee) made a mistake in giving us time to get the equaliser, that's no excuse for him to make another mistake.

“Two wrongs do not make a right,” added Coleman.

The City boss is not worried about a possible invitation to Sloane Square to explain his remarks to the FA.

“I'll get into trouble, I know, for walking on the pitch and airing my views to the referee, because you can't do that now,” continued Coleman.

“I asked the referee that the fourth official put up four minutes, so where's the seven come from? He told me basically to shut up and go to the dressing room.

“What's the point in talking to referees. We're all wasting our time.

The inconsistency is always there.

“If I get called up before the FA, then good. I'd like to talk to them. I've not got a problem with going there.

“I'd like the referee to explain to me where he got the extra time. If he explains it, then fair enough. But I suppose there will be a rap on the knuckles for me, and not much for the referee.

“I can understand why Ipswich were going bananas when we got the equaliser, because it was scored after time. I don't blame them!

“We got out of jail with the late equaliser. We were still celebrating, because we thought that we'd got a point.

“I won't brush that fact under the table, regardless of the referee's decision to play forever,” concluded Coleman.

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