Bilic Fury At Red Card Hammer Blow
Muhammad Rameez 4 years ago Tue 03rd January 2017 | 10:35 AM
LONDON, Jan 3, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 03rd Jan, 2017 ) - West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insisted he would appeal the red card handed to midfielder Sofiane Feghouli in a controversial defeat at home against Manchester United.
Bilic felt his team were doubly wronged when Algerian Feghouli was harshly sent off for a 50-50 challenge with United's Phil Jones just 15 minutes into a 2-0 defeat against Jose Mourinho's side on Monday - which also featured a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic which looked suspiciously offside after Juan Mata had opened the scoring.
"Of course the sending off had a major impact on the game," said the Croatian coach whose side played 75 minutes with ten men. "I was very surprised by it. I wouldn't even be happy with yellow because they both went in for the ball.
Then I saw the replay and it was proof I'm right.
"The more times I see it, it was the other way around - it was Jones who made the more dangerous tackle. Definitely not a red card. "We will appeal of course and I'm expecting at least to win the appeal.
I will be extremely gutted if we have to lose him for three games. But I don't blame the referee personally. I can be angry during the game but I know it's not deliberate." Bilic, however, refused to call for video technology to prevent similar mistakes occurring in future.
"I don't want to call for replays. Goal-line technology is brilliant, but the others I'm not sure - I'm still a little bit old fashioned even though I'm on the wrong side of it this time. "But it's frustrating when your whole season, your job, could depend on one or two decisions - because the second goal is clearly offside too."