Keith Long questioned the official League of Ireland’s standards as he reflected on the frustrating Dublin derby defeat to Bohemians in Tallaght.
They were certain that the Gypsies should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Kris Twardek came down from inside the box after a foul from Rovers defender Lee Grace.
The family camp didn’t feel they abandoned one with Grace admitting there was a bit of a ‘struggle’ while emphasizing that he had legally kept Twardek.
The Rovers manager praised Rob Hennessy for his performance, declaring him the best intro in the country.
However, Long is furious, with the broader issue of refereeing level on his mind after a controversial red card for top striker Promise Omochere against Finn Harps last week disqualified him. lost 0-1 last night and Bohs really struggled to get to the top without him.
“It was a penalty. You see it as well as I did,” Long said.
“We shouldn’t complain to the umpires but unfortunately we’re back. We want the league to improve, to prosper; we want to raise the standard and raise the standards, look at that. tonight’s stadium, a full house, rocking, a great stadium and this is an example for every other club to aspire to.
“But we shouldn’t talk about the decision of the officials. It’s really unacceptable at this point. I’ve been in the tournament for a long time, you guys have been in a lap for a long time, and I don’t think this debate will never end, really. Arbitrators are human and they have to make decisions on the spot-
“Without a doubt we missed Promise tonight. Any team will remember his fitness, strength, speed and quality. He was moving up very quickly and we dropped out. missed him tonight, again due to a shocking decision last week where the referee was caught a bit, with opposing players feigning injury.
“I’m writing the headlines for you, but we want the league to prosper and standards to improve and the level of regulation to improve. Rob is one of the best referees in the country. Ben Connolly, officials (Wednesday), they’re good boys, but tonight, in my view, they made the wrong decision.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/league-of-ireland/its-not-acceptable-at-this-point-bohs-keith-long-adamant-officials-wrong-on-twardeck-derby-penalty-shout-41438699.html ‘Unacceptable at this time’ – Bohs hardliners ‘Keith Long was wrong to shout on Twardeck derby penalty spot