Stoke boss Hughes blasts referee Marriner

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was highly critical of referee Andre Marriner’s performance as his side fell to a rare home defeat against Tottenham on Saturday, reports the Stoke Sentinel.

Hughes accused Marriner of guessing some of his decisions and being affected by some of his recent performances which had led to the official receiving negative publicity, such as when he mistook the identity of Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Chelsea back on March 22.

The first controversy surrounding Marriner on Saturday came when Ryan Shawcross was sent off for a second booking for taking down Tottenham goalscorer Danny Rose as they both challenged for a high ball.

From then on, the atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium was fiery and Stoke thought Rose should have been sent off when he pushed Geoff Cameron hard in the chest. Rose was later substituted as a precaution by Spurs Head Coach Tim Sherwood.

On the sending off, Hughes said: “It’s a long ball, Ryan’s travelling at speed, he’s got the flight of the ball and is trying to get there. Rose just got in front and it’s clearly a foul, but that’s all it is.’

“I’ve been involved in games with Andre Marriner for many seasons and he’s a top referee, but I have to say today his performance is really poor. Whether his confidence is a little bit shot because he’s been involved in games that have highlighted his decisions…”

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