Chesterfield star George Carline has been out for five months with a serious knee injury as manager James Rowe slams the ‘horrendous’ tackle.
The 28 year old wing-back had to be stretchered off during the draw against Wrexham, and is know expected to have surgery at the weekend.
There was a short break in play as the Spireites’ player of the year last term was attended to, but now James Rowe has hit out at how the Wrexham player escaped a ‘blatant’ red card.
The manager also added that the surgeon stated he had ‘never seen anything like it’ in terms of a sports injury.
“How the lad stayed on the pitch I will never know and to not even be given a foul for it is an absolute disgrace,” Rowe said at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“I feel for the boy because he has actually hairline fractured his knee in the tackle.
“He was in pain at half-time but he wanted to stay on which sums up his character. He has gone back out and the knee has just fell away.
“It is a completely fractured knee cap so it is a long-term injury and he is out for five months.
“He goes into surgery tomorrow.
“The surgeon said he has never seen anything like it in terms of a professional sports person. He is a top surgeon who deals with a lot of players at a lot of levels. It is more an injury you get an impact from in say a fatal car crash. His knee is completely severed off.
“It is a blow for us but we will try and get him back as quickly as we can and as safely as we can and make sure his mental health is okay for the next five months.”
Rowe brought up a ‘flaw’ in the ‘scandalous feedback process’ for officials at National League level in that there is only one camera angle for them to look back at the game.
“That needs to improve, without a doubt,” he said via DerbyshireTimes.
“When you show them different camera angles from the club point of view, of course they are honest and say it was a poor tackle.
“I just find the feedback process scandalous.
“I had a meeting in the summer about accountability of decision-making because in any feedback process in any organisation in the world, if there is a flaw in the feedback process then you are never going to be accountable and you are never going to improve to the level you need to.
“The National League level, for me, is getting more professional. There is more finance and better players are coming into it from higher levels as well and the game is getting faster, quicker and the quality in standard is much higher than when I started five years ago so the environment needs to improve.”
He continued: “We all have the same common goal which is to make football at this level the best it possibly can. There are great strides being made in many areas but I do feel on the officiating that it is not up to speed.
“I have got no doubts about the commitment of both players in that tackle. However, it is a blatant red card. We have not been given the grace of playing 11v10 and we have suffered badly.”
Fans reacted on the Chesterfield star out for five months with a serious injury as the manager slams what was described a ‘horrendous’ tackle…
@saltergate1: I’ve said repeatedly the standard of national league referees is mind bogglingly awful – might have been ok 20 years ago but the league has moved on
@robcowlishaw: The inconsistency of officials in this league beggars belief, against Bromley the referee was blowing his whistle non stop yet in other games dangerous tackles are ignored.
@eddie_snail: Bit short-sighted of Wrexham; they still have to come to Chesterfield this season and we will want to ‘thank’ them for this.
@davemcardle: The biggest difference between the national league and division two isn’t the players, it’s the referees.
@Davesquires42: @GeorgeCarline good luck with your recovery, not nice to see any player stretchered off. Best wishes from Wrexham
@billie_fullwood: @GeorgeCarline get well soon George you will come back stronger
@GinaSpireite: Oh no gutted for @GeorgeCarline will be missed, good luck George for a speedy recovery
@MancSpireites: He’s our Star Man, running down the right 🎶 Get well soon, George!
@DomThornhill1: Gonna be a big loss for us, never seen him have a bad game. All the best George
@23BigT: Gutted for Carline. Easily one of our best players
@frankie_wigley: Most consistent player we’ve got, atleast we’ve got the 2nd best rwb in league to come in for him
@DextersDesciple: Just a shame the referees don’t match the quality of players. I’m sure half of them are pulled from a pub, shown a 10 minute video, given a whistle and 2 cards and sent on their way.
@jamesr33_: Best wishes to @ChesterfieldFC full back George Carline in his recovery after he was stretched off on Tuesday night. Not a bad tackle just a 50/50 tackle, get well soon
@Hilly3012: This club and injuries over the last 12 months…. Unbelievable.
@Oli120312: NATIONAL LEAGUE 😡😡😡 Sort out your awful disgraceful refs. Not good enough they are poor every single game. It disgraceful. Improve. 😤😤😤😡😡😡⚽⚽⚽
@youngkilshaw: The big man is talking out of his ring piece. The lad was second to the ball and got hurt as a result.
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— alexcoe (@alexcoe_) October 5, 2021