Crawley Town boss Gabriele Cioffi: ‘It was not a red card’

Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832268 SUS-180812-155021001
Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832268 SUS-180812-155021001

Crawley Town head coach Gabriele Cioffi disagreed with Ollie Palmer’s sending-off during their 1-0 defeat by Northampton Town.

The Reds boss supported referee Craig Hicks with his penalty decision against Crawley which led to the winning goal.

Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832255 SUS-180812-154959001

Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832255 SUS-180812-154959001

But he certainly did not agree with the second decision to send-off Ollie Palmer for an alleged elbowing incident.

Cioffi said: “We had the game under control in the first half but in the second half the balance of the game was upset by a penalty.

“I am not judging the penalty - I would never say it was a penalty because I am the Crawley manager but if the referee whistles it, it was a penalty.

“But what I am arguing about is the red card on Ollie Palmer.

Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832185 SUS-180812-154947001

Crawley Town FC v Northampton Town FC. Pic Steve Robards SR1832185 SUS-180812-154947001

“I didn’t see any movement by Ollie’s arm to smash the face of the defender.

“Ollie said he didn’t touch him, he probably did, but I saw a striker two-metres tall opening his arms and trying to cover the ball, not making a swing.

“We can discuss a yellow card, no problem, never in your life was it a red card.”

Cioffi also disagreed with the later decision when an appeal for a foul on Dannie Bulman who was through on goal which was ruled out.

He said: “Dannie Bulman and Reece Grego-Cox were two v one on goal and for sure he would not dive in front of goal because he was tired.

“Bully (Dannie Bulman) must have been on drugs, which I don’t think he is! There must have been a foul as he was going to equalise.

“We played a good, solid performance, 4-4-1 not conceding a lot of chances with one man less and having some goal opportunity.”

Other than the result, Cioffi was pleased with the way his side played, especially completing the last half hour without ‘keeper Glenn Morris needing to make any further saves, despite only having ten men.

He said: “There are a lot of positives and now I can say I’m managing a real squad.

“They know what they want and they know how to achieve it.”

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