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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish slams 'inexcusable' referees following rash of poor decisions
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has risked more censure from the FA after apparently calling into question the integrity of match officials.
The Anfield club's league form has been woeful this year and despite winning the Carling Cup, their challenge for a European place has all but ended.
But the Scot, who's stewardship has been called into question since the disastrous run, has reacted by calling referees' decisions in Liverpool's last three games "inexcusable".
Dalglish was particularly angered by referee Michael Oliver's refusal to award Dirk Kuyt a penalty in Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa, maintaining that Oliver told Kuyt he was "unlucky".
In addition, Luis Suarez was booked for diving in the same match and the Uruguayan was also denied a goal against Wigan for handball.
Dalglish also took issue with the decision not to award Liverpool a penalty for Danny Simpson's handball on the line at Newcastle.
He said: "The last three games there are blatant decisions that have gone against us that are, frankly, inexcusable, and I'd say unexplainable as well.
"I won't raise it with the Referees' Association, I've raised it now, and it's up to them. I think it really should be their concern. I've raised it, and it's up to them now to look at it.
"To not get a penalty because an opponent is unlucky, surely that's not my concern, but the concern of the Referees' Association because they have got to look at something like that.
"I am stating a fact. If they have something like that, a decision that isn't given that is so blatantly wrong – as we have felt in our last three games – then surely it is their problem, not mine."
Dalglish added: "I know where we are coming from. I know we have integrity, I know we have integrity in bucketloads, but I can't speak for other people and whether they have integrity.
"What we have to do now, is ensure this football club maintains its integrity, that the players keep their integrity, and hope that people elsewhere have some integrity too.
"They [referees] have to look at themselves and ensure they are seen to have integrity."
When officials make mistakes, they should apologise or face accusations of conspiracy, according to Dalglish.
"It would be helpful and more transparent if they told us, if they explained the decisions to us, or even just held their hands up and say, "sorry I got that wrong", and we can see they have integrity.
"But they never say anything. We don't get everything right, do we? So it is understandable they don't either. But a wee bit of respect towards us would help the situation immensely.
"Otherwise, people might think there is a conspiracy.
"We can't believe that, we can't let it affect us, and take it into the games coming up, because that would damage us. We have to keep going, and ensure it doesn't affect the players.
"If there is something, then somebody needs to tell us, and if there isn't anything, they need to explain it to us a bit better. We just need to keep going, we can't let it get to that, where we think it's a [conspiracy]."