Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has clarified his comments in the wake of the draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
Ferguson was angry with the officials in the game after the game following the 1-1 draw. The Doncaster boss thought that his side should have had a free-kick in the lead up to the equalising goal and then they were turned down a stonewall penalty in the closing moments of the game.
The Doncaster boss was furious with referee Andy Haines and his assistants in the aftermath of the game when speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield and flippantly told them he thought they should be shot.
Ferguson has taken to the Doncaster Rovers official website today to clarify what was meant by his comments.
“When asked after the game what I personally could do to raise standards, I said: ‘What can I do? Shoot them?` Although clear to everyone in the room that my comment was a tongue-in-cheek response, it is worth clarifying my comments were borne out of frustration and I absolutely do not advocate violence against officials.
“I am sorry for that comment and regret the wording, but as was clear from my post-match comments I felt the referee got some decisions wrong at key moments in the game.
“Referees have a tough job and I have a lot of respect for the challenges they face, but I would like to see more done to raise standards across the board and give them the best chance of getting decisions right.”
Ferguson`s comments have been passed from the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) to the FA for them to consider whether any action will be taken against the Doncaster boss.
The EFL has noted the comments made by Darren Ferguson following his side’s draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 13 January & his post-match remarks have been passed by PGMOL to the FA for consideration.
We further note the clarification issued by Mr Ferguson on Sunday morning pic.twitter.com/bQd6Wj0gQM
? EFL (@EFL) January 14, 2018
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