Potters supremo confirms ref complaint

Last Updated: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:12

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that he will make an official complaint about referee Martin Atkinson's display at Newcastle.

Coates was left furious after the match official sent off Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson during a five-minute spell of the Boxing Day clash at St James' Park when Stoke were leading 1-0.

Potters boss Mark Hughes was also sent to the stands as Newcastle stormed back to defeat his nine men 5-1. And the Welshman has since been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

However, Coates felt the performance of Atkinson and his assistants "was a disgrace" and he is looking to file a complaint "to the relevant authorities".

He added: "We cannot accept what happened to us at Newcastle without making some form of representation.

"It's then up to the officials what they do, but we found it hugely disappointing because there were so many poor decisions.

"There was no common sense applied and I don't think either of the yellow cards for Glenn Whelan were deserved.

"For one of the goals I could clearly see the ball was out of play, sitting high up in the stands.

"The sendings-off completely changed the game. We were playing ever so well up to the dismissals, leading one-nil, but when you're down to nine men you've got no chance.

"It's not a case of sour grapes, we simply cannot accept what happened."

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