Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt has accused Arsenal’s players of forcing Nenad Milijas to be dismissed in the 1-1 draw on Tuesday, The
Referee Stuart Atwell showed a contentious straight red card to Milijas at the Emirates Stadium with 15 minutes to go. Wolves managed to hold out for a point, but the decision has been criticised. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy felt that his Serbian midfielder played the ball and have appealed the decisions. Arsenal’s players ran straight to Atwell and Hunt believes they have pressured the referee into sending off Milijas. Arsenal midfielder Alex Song had lunged on Steven Fletcher and Hunt moments earlier, just receiving a yellow card.
Hunt believes that Song’s tackle was more of a red card than the Milijas tackle and that maybe his players should adopt Arsenal tactics of surrounding the referee. Atwell’s decision came on his return to the Premier League following a controversial decision to send off Bolton centre-half Gary Cahill at White Hart Lane.
‘The Milijas red card was harsh, it was more (of a tackle) with one leg. Players are clever and the reactions sometimes do not help the referee. Everyone does it now. We should maybe be better at it. We have been done in the past, like with Woodgate. We should have been surrounding the referee to get him sent off’, Hunt said.
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