ARGYLE manager Derek Adams was frustrated to have received a yellow card during Saturday’s frenetic Sky Bet League One draw with Portsmouth at Home Park.
The incident occurred shortly after Portsmouth took the lead, with the Pilgrims’ gaffer issued a warning for protesting referee Ben Toner’s decision not to give Gareth Evans a second yellow for kicking the ball away.
“[Gareth] Evans kicked the ball away after he was booked and he’s launched it 50 yards out of play,” Derek explained. “The referee has not booked him. He should have been sent off from that, but he chose to give me a yellow card because I protested that he had kicked the ball away after he had blown the whistle.”
The Scot says that referee Toner had discussed the incident with Adams immediately after it happened, suggesting that Evans’ kick happened while play was still active, something which the Argyle gaffer disputes.
“The referee said to me that Evans kicked the ball as the whistle went,” said Derek. “I’ll have to look at that on the video and slow it down. If that’s the case, then I’ll apologise to the referee. If it’s not the case, I expect the referee to apologise to me.”