Gary Monk to meet with Mike Riley over Premier League referees

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Garry Monk has shown great displeasure over the referees that have been put in charge of Swansea's games of late.

The 35-year-old will meet up with referees' boss Mike Riley to discuss matters and express his feelings on how poorly the referees have been officiating recently.

His discomfort over the officials became apparent after a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City on 19 October when referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty for what seemed to be a very soft decision. Monk labelled the call "disgusting" and accused Victor Moses a "cheat".

More controversy went in the direction of Swansea when in the following week, they were accused by Leicester of having "high" goalposts but measurements revealed that the claims were false.

Swansea then travelled to Anfield to face a struggling Liverpool side where they led until the 86th minute, Mario Balotelli clearing his name as the "whipping boy" when he connected with a Fabio Borini delivery.

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It was not this that angered Garry Monk. It was the referee's decision to award a straight red card to Federico Fernandez that brought out the raging bull in the Swansea boss. It wasn't just Monk that was irritated by this however. Swans vice-chairman Leigh Dineen tweeted "what an absolute joke this is".

"It's clearly not a red card whatsoever."

Arguably, if this wouldn't have taken place, then the outcome of the game could have been entirely different. The same could be said for the penalty decision at the Britannia Stadium a couple of weeks back.

In his after-match press conference he said: "It's clearly not a red card whatsoever. If anything, Coutinho's feet actually came in above our player's."

The 35-year-old then went on to discuss that he will meet Mike Riley on Friday to display his concern over referees' performances recently.


Evidently, referees are causing a whole lot of issues in football at the moment as seen at Old Trafford on Sunday when Phil Dowd sent off Branislav Ivanovic for two bookable offences, which let's be honest, were rather soft. 

Earlier in the season, Hull City boss Steve Bruce displayed his opinions over referees when in consecutive games, poor decisions either dealt Hull an unfair blow or almost cost them the game.

Hull may have arguably seen the game out with 10 men against Stoke, but a throw-in was given incorrectly in the favour of Stoke which they equalised from.

"It's ridiculous. I expect the officials to be getting something as blatant as that right," Bruce blasted in his after-match interview.

Also, last season, Jose Mourinho made sarcastic comments over Mike Dean and Mike Riley after his side lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland courtesy of a Fabio Borini penalty. The Portuguese gaffer said "I would like to congratulate Mike Dean. I think his performance was unbelievable".

But the officials sussed out the "special one" and Mourinho was given a punishment. However, punishment doesn't seem to be the answer as managers are still strongly pointing the finger at referees. When will this crazy referee and managerial war ever end?

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