Hughes: Managers losing faith in refs

Mon, 09 Apr 07:25:00 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes has claimed Premier League managers are "losing faith in referees" following yet another staggering mistake that cost his side dearly in a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Skipper Shaun Derry was sent off by referee Lee Mason for fouling Ashley Young inside the box, even though the United winger had clearly been offside when he collected Wayne Rooney's through ball.

Rangers chief executive Phil Beard was unimpressed with Young's reaction to the minimal contact from Derry, tweeting: "Difficult to take after watching numerous replays but Ashley Young could partner Tom Daley at the Olympics."

The decision helped United take another significant stride towards retaining their Premier League title, and leave QPR hovering above the relegation zone on goal difference.

However, after Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was left fuming at two offside calls that went against his team at Chelsea on Saturday, Hughes confirmed there are some worried bosses out there.

"You do discuss it before every game," said Hughes, who confirmed QPR would appeal against the decision.

"You worry more about decisions going against you and it shouldn't be like that. You should have confidence that the referee will get the key decisions right.

"Just lately a lot of managers have lost faith in them. It is a difficult job. You have to be strong and really clear. You have to be 100% right to give the decisions. At the moment people are guessing and hoping that they get it correct. That was the case today."

Even Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Young was offside, although he did claim Derry's early exit had a negative effect on his own side.

"Ashley was a yard offside and I understand why Mark is angry," said the United chief. "There have been a lot of decisions like that in the last few weeks. It didn't help us at all. I was more confident before the man was sent off because the speed of our play and the movement was very good."

 

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