Di Canio blasts officials after defeat

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SWINDON Town manager Paolo Di Canio lamented the quality of refereeing in recent matches involving his side following the 1-0 defeat to Notts County on Saturday.

Alan Judge secured all three points for the Magpies with a rasping drive from distance after 27 minutes at Meadow Lane, where Di Canio was unhappy with the performance of official Robert Madley.

The Italian also questioned decisions made by the men in black in the games against Brentford and Yeovil over the course of the past two weeks.

“It’s not an excuse but can we talk about the referee decisions in the last few games. I didn’t say this before but the goal from Brentford is completely offside. Nobody said that,” he said.

“In the games against Brentford and Yeovil, how many decisions that were 50-50 went against us?

“Today it was exactly the same.

“A little contact in the middle of the field gave John Bostock a yellow card after 20 minutes and I have to change him.

“I want to mention because we are too kind, we are too good. We accept every decision and this is my style.”

Meanwhile, Di Canio was seemingly unimpressed by the gamesmanship of Notts County’s players and staff.

He said: “I have discovered that the English are worse, they have learnt very well from Italians or Spanish that have been brought in here. When I listen to the commentary on the television and they say ‘typical Mediterranean attitude’. Here is worse.

“In League One and League Two I have seen worse than in Italy or in South America.”

Finally, the Robins boss revealed that he would have let three players go out on loan in order to bring three more in had he been give his own way on transfer deadline day.

Town are believed to have failed in moves for Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine and Charlton winger Danny Green on Thursday.

“If it depends on me I would have brought three in and three out but I couldn’t,” said Di Canio.

“What I said to Phil is I wanted this striker, I won’t say who because he couldn’t come, because now I’m sure we’re not going to sink when we lose a game.

“We’re going to lose 1-0, sometimes 3-0, but it’s clear because of the discipline and the system that we won’t concede many.

“We’ve got to score more goals when we have the chance.

“Unfortunately this guy couldn’t come. I will work with my players, try to work with them, select the best players for the system and the players who give their heart and then see if we can get a better result.

“There are three games to go until halfway. If we get even one win it would be good.”

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12:08pm Mon 26 Nov 12

SeanG92 says...

As said at the last few games - We always get s**t refs.
As said at the last few games - We always get s**t refs. SeanG92
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12:55pm Mon 26 Nov 12

t22lgm says...

“It’s not an excuse but can we talk about the referee decisions in the last few games. I didn’t say this before but the goal from Brentford is completely offside. Nobody said that,”
Er........actually Paolo, I did.
I posted it on Twitter with a snapshot from Sky Sports News showing Donaldson clearly in an offside position when the ball was headed on.
“It’s not an excuse but can we talk about the referee decisions in the last few games. I didn’t say this before but the goal from Brentford is completely offside. Nobody said that,” Er........actually Paolo, I did. I posted it on Twitter with a snapshot from Sky Sports News showing Donaldson clearly in an offside position when the ball was headed on. t22lgm
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1:40pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

SeanG92 wrote:
As said at the last few games - We always get s**t refs.
But Sean, what if they are always sh1t? There are 2 teams on the pitch. It always amuses me when I hear people say we'll have a better chance if we have good officials. We could have a bad decision go in our favour and win the game. It's the same for both teams. Or are you in the group of conspiracy theorists who believe referees have some kind of downer on us?
[quote][p][bold]SeanG92[/bold] wrote: As said at the last few games - We always get s**t refs.[/p][/quote]But Sean, what if they are always sh1t? There are 2 teams on the pitch. It always amuses me when I hear people say we'll have a better chance if we have good officials. We could have a bad decision go in our favour and win the game. It's the same for both teams. Or are you in the group of conspiracy theorists who believe referees have some kind of downer on us? Oi Den!
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5:35pm Mon 26 Nov 12

q1234 says...

I noticed in the above write up Paolo said “What I said to Phil is I wanted this striker” begs me to ask the question is Phil Spencer Paolo agent or is he employed by STFC. If he is an agent and he is finding players is he taking a payment for finding a player and let’s face it the quoted nearly half a million £s paid out last season in agent fees for a division two team is staggering.
Agents who’s players are not playing regular first team football will talk up their players ability just to get them out on loan and get a payment out of it.
I noticed in the above write up Paolo said “What I said to Phil is I wanted this striker” begs me to ask the question is Phil Spencer Paolo agent or is he employed by STFC. If he is an agent and he is finding players is he taking a payment for finding a player and let’s face it the quoted nearly half a million £s paid out last season in agent fees for a division two team is staggering. Agents who’s players are not playing regular first team football will talk up their players ability just to get them out on loan and get a payment out of it. q1234
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