UK news Outraged Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton fumes at officials after Christy Manzinga escapes red card in Linfield victory last news
MetiNews.Com - Fuming Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton last night took a swipe at referee Jamie Robinson after the Portadown official failed to issue Linfield substitute Christy Manzinga with a red card following a bizarre incident at Windsor Park.
Breaking News ! "Fuming Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton last night took a swipe at referee Jamie Robinson after the Portadown official failed to issue Linfield substitute Christy Manzinga with a red card following a bizarre incident at Windsor Park. The former Motherwell player had been on the pitch for merely two minutes when he clashed with defender Daniel Larmour. Hamilton alleged Manzinga not only kicked out, but then punched his opponent.Although Robinson appeared to witness the incident, he opted for a yellow card.David Healy's Blues were clinging on to a first-half Stephen Fallon goal but, when they were awarded a free-kick with 14 minutes remaining, it was Manzinga who got up high to meet Niall Quinn's delivery only to see his header spilled by goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey, leaving Shayne Lavery with a simple tap in.Hamilton just couldn't hide his anger at the finish and, after having words with Robinson, he was duly issued with a red card of his own."The thing that frustrates me is everyone in the ground saw what happened - including the Linfield players and staff on the bench," moaned Hamilton afterwards."First of all, Manzinga kicked out, which everyone on our bench witnessed, and then he turned round and punched him. It's frustrating. Every week there seems to be a different scenario that changes the outcome of a game."Yes, Linfield were 1-0 up, but I thought we were well in the game. They weren't really causing us any problems."I don't know how the referee came to his decision by issuing a yellow card."Whenever I asked (fourth official) Peter McGrath, he said it wasn't a violent act. I then questioned the referee on the way off and he said (Manzinga) flicked out. I inquired if it was a punch and he said no, 'there was no punch'."The fact that Manzinga was then instrumental in Linfield's second goal rubbed salt into Hamilton's gaping wounds."After that incident, we lost a bit of momentum," added the Lurgan Blues chief.
."Jonny should have done better with the effort but, by the same token, Manzinga shouldn't have been on the pitch."For me, there was only one conclusion the officials could have came to, it was a clear punch."That's the bit that gets me. If they hadn't spotted it at all, that would have been fair enough."Opposite number Healy admitted he didn't see the incident, but was relieved to pocket the three points.He said: "I was told there was contact made. I know Jamie punished him for whatever he has noticed. To be honest, I didn't really have a good view of it."It was a difficult one. We had a player (Bastien Hery) sent off at Portadown for hitting out and he got a three-game ban. It's not what we need because it causes disruption."If Christy had been issued with a red card, he would also be away for three matches."It was a difficult game, but I knew it would be. I watched Glenavon's recent matches and they should really have more points than they have. We know what sort of game to expect, they make it difficult."Fair play to them, they made it hard for us and we are delighted to come away with the three points. But we know if we want to beat Glentoran on Tuesday and Warrenpoint Town next Saturday, we'll need to be better.""
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