Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under fire from a referees’ charity for his comments on decisions made during Manchester United’s defeat to Sheffield United.
The Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by the Blades in a huge Premier League shock and Solskjaer was left even more frustrated when the match delegate confirmed that the officials made two mistakes.
In an unusual move, Solskjaer made this public and said that his team should have protested the decisions more.
‘Maybe we should have hung on to that or made them look at it before the game started again,’ Solskjaer said. ‘So those are things we have to learn from and use as motivation or energy. You are not going to expect to get anything for free.
‘I’ve got the delegate’s report from the referee and the two decisions were wrong. They’ve admitted their goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood. That’s a big, big momentum changer for us.’
Ref Support UK have taken a dim view on Solskjaer’s comments, a charity with the mission statement: ‘To raise the quality, status and benefits of refereeing, for the good of its members and in the interests of the game.’
Chief Executive of the charity, Martin Cassidy, told the Telegraph: ‘Revealing the public conversations or communications between match delegates and clubs in regard to a match official’s performance is a betrayal of trust and is a huge setback to building trust between match officials, clubs, managers and players.
‘The unwritten rule mentally that “what is said in the dressing, stays in the dressing room” seems very shallow when the manager of one of the most famous clubs in the world disregards that unwritten rule when it comes to a referee.’
Solskjaer suggested that his players were too nice to complain about decisions, but also said that players shouldn’t put pressure on officials.
‘Maybe we should have made more of a fuss about it. We are a bunch of nice lads,’ he said.
‘There has been a narrative for too long about the decisions we have got for us.
‘But I don’t want my players to put unfair pressure on the referees. We leave them to it, that’s their job.’
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