Parkinson Slams 'Poor' Referee After Wigan Controversy

  • December 03, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has risked the wrath of The FA, after labelling referee Simon Hooper's performance in Saturday's draw with Wigan Athletic as 'very poor'.

Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw by their Lancashire neighbours at the University of Bolton Stadium, after initially taking the lead courtesy of Will Buckley's 7th-minute opener.

Will Grigg equalised from the penalty spot on 25 minutes, moments after he was harshly adjudged to have been taken down inside the box by Trotters defender Jack Hobbs, while Bolton also saw late appeals for a spot-kick of their own turned down when a goalbound volley from Mark Beevers appeared to be blocked by an arm.

Speaking after the game, Parkinson was left fuming with the outcome of those two calls from the referee, who has been Select Group One of Premier League officials since the beginning of last season.

"I think everyone in the ground knew that Hobbsy's challenge wasn't a penalty, apart from two people," Parkinson told The Bolton News. "That's very disappointing.

"The second one, I thought the rule was that if your arms are in a unnatural positon it was a penalty and that's what happened.

"You'd just like to think that after the referee knows he's given a very contentious decision in the first half, that one, which is 60-40, we would have got it.

"I am disappointed with the referee's performance again, and I don't think the supporters will think 'oh he's moaning about the refs again'. They all watched the same game and knew he was very poor."

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