Jagielka frustrated by ‘arrogant’ referee Atkinson

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2016 12:48

Phil Jagielka has labelled referee Martin Atkinson “a little bit arrogant” in his attitude after the official allowed Manchester City a controversial goal on Wednesday night.

City star Raheem Sterling ran the ball out of play before crossing for Kevin De Bruyne to put City 2-1 ahead in the League Cup semi-final, second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Atkinson and his assistants allowed the goal to stand, much to the disgust of Everton and their fans.

And  Everton captain Jagielka was unhappy with the response he got when he asked Atkinson why the crucial 70th-minute goal was not chalked off as City went on to reach Wembley 4-3 on aggregate.

Asked if he spoke to the referee, Jagielka said: “I tried to. He told me that my defending was brilliant. So, it is difficult when things start going the wrong way and they become a little bit arrogant – but unfortunately that is the way it goes with some.

“If he made a decision wrong or he didn’t see it, that is what happens, but sometimes when you go and speak to people and, in such a big game, get the answers you get it is that little bit more frustrating.”

The incident was the latest in a series of controversies to have hampered Everton, who are stuck in mid-table in the Premier League, in recent weeks.

In the past month they have been on the wrong end of a disputed penalty against Stoke, an offside strike at Chelsea and a handball incident against Swansea, all of which contributed to defeats.

Jagielka said: “It was a great cutback and a great finish but the replays show it is not just an inch or so out. You expect the officials that are supposed to be of a high standard to spot that but this obviously wasn’t one of those nights.

“It did happen quite quickly but the way things have gone in the last few games, people can’t see offsides and people can’t see the ball out of play. We are obviously feeling a bit annoyed at some of the decisions we have got recently.”

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