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Morecambe player booked for angrily slapping referee’s hand too hard after Ipswich defeat

Morecambe player Donald Love ended up being booked for angrily slapping the referee’s hand too hard after defeat to Ipswich on Saturday.

The Shrimps captain has gone viral in the last few days with footage showing the exact moment he lost his cool with the officials after the final whistle.

Both sets of players were giving the usual handshakes to the referee and his colleagues, and while others did so without issue, up came Donald Love who was clearly left reeling with their performance throughout the game.

As can be seen in the clip above, the ref isn’t having any of it and storms up to Love, handing out a yellow, and the player even has the cheek to argue back.

The League One encounter itself saw Ipswich come from behind to beat bottom-of-the-table Morecambe 2-1.

Kieran McKenna’s side fell behind to a Kieran Phillips goal on the 34th minute but second-half goals from George Edmundson and a Lee Evans penalty award saw them take the three points despite an earlier spot kick miss from Conor Chaplin.

Morecambe went ahead thanks to on-loan striker Phillips who ran on to Liam Shaw’s flick to volley past Christian Walton.

This gave Ipswich a shock, Leif Davis hit the post three minutes before the break with Kayden Jackson also missing the open target from the rebound.

The visitors hit the woodwork twice in quick succession through Kyle Edwards and Donald Love who almost put into his own goal with a header before they levelled 55 minutes in when Edmundson stabbed home Davis’s corner.

Three minutes later, the Tractorboys were awarded a penalty when Farrend Rawson brought down Edwards only for Ripley to save Chaplin’s effort.

Ipswich were given another penalty after Jacob Bedeau was adjudged to have sent Jackson over in the box and this time Evans made no mistake.

Dylan Connolly saw a goal ruled out for offside and Cole Stockton wasted a glorious chance as Ipswich held on.

Morecambe: Ripley, Love ©, Gibson, Rawson, Delaney, Fane (Cooney, 86’), Stockton, Connolly (Mayor, 86’), Bedeau, Shaw, Phillips.

Subs not used: Smith, McLoughlin, O’Connor.

Goals: Phillips 34’.

Bookings: Fane 23’, Delaney 32’, Bedeau 62’, Rawson 72’, Stockton 87’, Love 90+6’.

Red cards: None.

Ipswich Town: Walton, Keogh, Davis (Vincent-Young, 76’), Edmundson, Morsy ©, Evans, Chaplin (Harness, 67’), John-Jules (Ladapo, 76’), Jackson (Burns, 66’), Edwards, Donacien.

Subs not used: Hladky, Woolfenden, Humphreys.

Goals: Edmundson 54’, Evans 64’.

Bookings: Evans 70’.

Red cards: None.

Shrimps boss Derek Adams says his side were unfortunate not to take anything from the League One match against Ipswich.

“We’re disappointed not to take anything from the game,” he said.

“I thought it was an entertaining game, it was probably one of our best performances of the season.

“I think we took the game to Ipswich; we started on the front foot, and we got that goal, ahead from a set play, a great ball in and Kieran Phillips was able to put us one nil ahead.

“We looked very comfortable, we limited Ipswich to very few chances throughout the 90 minutes, they had openings, but they weren’t clear cut.

“All we’ve shown is we’ve got some really good players who will enable us to move in a positive direction.”

He continued: “We pressed Ipswich all over the park, the second-best team in league at this moment in time, and they didn’t like it.

“We fed off that because we created openings from it.

“They then changed things about, we adapted to that, I thought they started the second half well, they got a foothold in the game, then they scored from a set play we shouldn’t have conceded.

“Over the 90 minutes, I’m proud of the players.

“I thought we put in a magnificent effort, the 11 and then the substitutes coming on helped us as well.

“I was just delighted with the players.”

Kieran McKenna praised his side’s spirit and resilience after Town came from behind to win 2-1 at Morecambe.

“It’s a great three points,” he told iFollow Ipswich. “There was real spirit and resilience shown in the group again. 

“They [Morecambe] scored from a set play and they’re fighting for everything but I never worry too much about us. There was an immediate reaction at the end of the first half and there was belief in the dressing room at half-time. 

“We knew we needed to improve and go up a gear but we also knew we had it in us. The start of the second half, probably the first 25 minutes, was excellent. 

“We took it up quite a few notches and executed everything we spoke about at half-time. It was a challenge but we responded in the right way.”

Twitter users gave their reaction to the Morecambe player booked for angrily slapping the referee’s hand too hard after defeat to Ipswich…

@LOVELLGARY: He was taking his fivers back as the ref didn’t give the win 😂🤷🏻‍♂️

@bareham04: Would of given him a red

@ChloeHoldaway17: A grown man 🤣

@IpswichCulture: What a melt

@tractorgirlamy8: I’d have been tempted to do the same – ref was awful!

@thebvc194: Clearly dissent. But okay.

@AaronScottruns: Disappointed he didn’t score with his header I think 😂 one of Ipswich’s most dangerous players at times, what a poor captain

@reid_stev: What a melt! What did he think was going to happen 😂

@bigautographs: For being a bad loser 🤣

@BeetonScott: Someone needs a hug.

@BenBrookes2002: Most aggression he’s shown all season

@EbbsfleetFan2: If I was the ref it would have been a red.

@Clarkey_No1: Dissent by word or action. Right call… 💁‍♂️

@TomEyre78: Seems fully deserved… what a tool

@Langers1sam: This is the kind of response I’d expect from someone who entered a school sports day where everyone’s a winner and everyone gets a prize. Probably grew up with his dad as coach and got MOM every week.

@titanthemonkey: I’m probably in the minority here but that’s a booking all day long. He knew what he was doing?

@MorecambeFCFeed: What the actual fuck. And Ipswich players were high-fiving the liner.

@Peasant_1066: You are correct. Law 12. Lucky it was only a caution.

@markfearnley47: Definite yellow and grounded / no PlayStation for a week

@Cricket1406: The player is an adult, he needs to start to behave like one or be quite rightly sanctioned within the laws of the game 😂 @refsupportuk

@srh_1984: Showing dissent by word or actions probably. The player would have been better off not doing anything and just staying away from the ref.

@leedsnewsunited: That behaviour from an adult is ridiculous, asking for a card 😂

@Darren1Hebden: Games done, what a child, get over it!

@AttackingCB: One of the more unusual yellow cards you’ll see. 😄

@JohnmjtJt1919: If you can’t see the issue here, then you’re part of the problem in football

@Rlacey18: Looks like he’s hitting their hands and saying something in aggressive manner. I’d guess something dissent wise which is a yellow card 🤷🏻

@scottgeeeeeee: Pretty embarrassing behaviour from the player tbh, obvious booking

@lukeWHC09: Very good officiating 👏🏼👏🏼

@LeePeryer: this is the best booking of all time 😂😂

@cjt00___: League 1 referees summed up

@JonnyCrowther: No Love lost there between player and referee @ShrimpsOfficial @IpswichTown

@MitchPiggon9: This is a real problem! These idiots in black think they can just do what they want, with no consequences

@M_Eggy1: Can’t tackle, can’t celebrate, now they can’t even shake the refs hand without getting booked. Ridiculous.

@BonoITFC: Oh dear Donald, oh dear

@stormcloud25: I’m amazed the ref saw this as he and his colleagues didn’t see anything else all afternoon. #UTS 🦐

@Bobby_Brown43: Best thing he’s ever done in a morecambe shirt.

@AnalysisShrews: Nice one Donald

@JamesL0996: Donald should have chinned him

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