Stevenage boss Dino Maamria wasn’t impressed with the officiating as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Exeter City last night.
He took time to lament the standard of officiating after conceding a goal deep into first half stoppage time. The delay was caused by a fan being taken ill in the stands, but Maamria wasn’t impressed nonetheless.
“The official put six minutes up but it went to seven minutes when they scored. Why? I don’t get that. I thought the referee lost control of the game. We all talk about ‘respect’. But some referees disrespect by ignoring you. They treat you like they’re the boss. It’s not a case of ‘we’re both professionals, we’ll discuss an issue like professionals’.”
He revealed that he is unable to speak to the referees too, something which causes him particular anger.
“They speak over you. It’s disappointing because all I wanted to do was ask him why he booked Luther when he was just trying to keep the ball in play. I just wanted to ask him a question to get his view on the incident.”
The result allowed Exeter to move within two points of the leaders, Lincoln City, but left Stevenage just on the edge of the play off race. A win for Maamria’s side would have seen them leapfrog their opponents.
We can understand if the delay was caused by an injury on the field or something of that ilk, but to rant about a situation in which a fan was taken severely ill is a bit off.
I suspect that in the heat of the moment he didn’t consider the comments and maybe feels a little foolish this morning. You’d hope so.