I'm Not One For Lynch Mob Fury - Boothroyd

Last updated : 22 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service
Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd does not believe in the tactic of players surrounding the referee or the rolling round in fake agony in order to get a player deliberately sent off.

Last Saturday, Sheffield United's Stephen Quinn could have been red-carded as Aron Gunnarsson and Marlon King were for going in with studs raised and his feet off the ground, but with Quinn's victim Jutkiewicz not making a meal of it and the City players not surrounding the referee, Quinn got a yellow in stead of a red that other referees might have shown.

"I'll never condone that," said Boothroyd to the CT's Alan Poole. "I'm not claiming to be whiter than white far from it - I'll do whatever it takes to win - but we're all custodians of the game and we've got a responsibility to the kids who are watching.

"If I saw my son waving an imaginary card on Sunday morning, I'd go mad, so if I encourage my team to do so, I'd be a hypocrite.

"I'll just fill in my report and see what I get back and I have to say that Dave Allison who is the league referees main man is absolutely fantastic. If you've got a problem, you can approach him and say what you think. Sometimes I'm calm, sometimes I'm vitrolic and he'll agree with me or disagree but he usually pacifies me for a little while.

"One of my complaints is that refereeing is about the whole of the pitch and it sometimes seems to me that referees are keen to make a decision in the middle of the pitch but not so in the areas that count, the 18 yard boxes. All I can say after Saturday's game against Sheffield United, is that I thought you were supposed to swap shirts after the game.

"We're all in this together and although you've got to try to be diplomatic, there has to be a time when you have to say what you think."