Stoke lodge complaint over refereeing performance in Fulham defeat

Stoke City have complained to referees boss Mike Riley over the performance of Roger East during their 1-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The protest was made by chief executive Tony Scholes after East failed to send off Fulham midfielder Pajtim Kasami for a clash with left-back Erik Pieters, as well as a number of decisions that went against the Potters.

East was promoted to the Premier League’s select group of officials for the new season but has not been assigned a game this weekend. He will next officiate during Peterborough’s League one fixture with managerless Sheffield United on Tuesday. The 48-year-old has taken charge of two top flight games this season.

The Telegraph adds that Stoke have long complained about the standard of refereeing in the Premier League and Scholes took that further by contacting Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.

Fulham won the game in question through a Darren Bent goal, scored seven minutes before full-time. It was a shot from Kasami, ironically, that found Bent, who then beat Robert Huth and put the ball past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The BBC’s report on the game notes: “The first half was a fractious affair with the main talking points concerning the decisions of referee Roger East rather than the football on display.

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