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D'OHso Cost Us The Game

Furious manager Paul Tisdale didn't attempt to hide his anger at referee Andy D'Urso following last night's draw against Morecambe.

Exeter took the lead through a Tom Nichols goal after only two minutes, but Morecambe equalised ten minutes into the second half, and both teams went on to play out a one all draw.

The controversial moment in the second half though came when Stuart Drummond tripped David Wheeler in the box, and after deliberation, the referee awarded the spot kick.

Morecambe threw their toys out of the pram following the decision and to quote the Western Morning News 'began attacking the Exeter players' with Jamie Devitt subsequently red carded for an apparently headbutt on Wheeler himself, and he also had an altercation with Matt Gill. Their player Hughes was also yellow carded following the melee.

Control seemed to be restored about four minutes later in the game, but then D'Urso for reasons only known to him, consulted further and then reversed his decision and booked Wheeler for diving.

Some wonder why he no longer works in the Premiership, when the highlights from this game are seen, maybe it will provide an answer but I can't take credit for the D'OHso headline...it was often used during his spell in the top flight.

Whether Andy or Homer are the funnier character is probably down to personal taste though.

A bemused, confused, angry and downright ready to snap Tisdale, told the outlet.

'I have just watched it on HD and it was a definite penalty. The referee was five or six yards away and had a perfect view, he gave it and sent one of their players off for charging around and headbutting one of our players, apparently, and in the three or four minutes it took to sort it out, the linesman overruled the referee. For the life of me, I can't tell you why.'

Tisdale goes on to say that it's bizarre a referee can be overruled by a linesman, especially as in the game Bennett was giving throw in decisions that D'Urso didn't like, so he ignored him and gave them the other way.

'We are particularly disappointed and I am absolutely devastated for the players and supporters. We played well again and we have been robbed. I can't say I'm surprised, we get very little and it's pick on Exeter again. We get penalised week after week.'

Probably the quote of the interview in relation to D'Urso is.

'Next to nothing is done by the referee - he finally booked someone in the 89th minute for kicking the ball away at a free kick. Well, hallelujah!'

Highlights will make interesting viewing as they are bound to focus on this you'd hope, slow mo could tell people a lot if they haven't already made their mind up.

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Date:Wednesday February 19 2014

Time: 9:04AM


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