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Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson slams referee over straight red card on Liam McAlinden

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson slams referee over straight red card on Liam McAlinden as the Welsh outfit were defeated at home to Yeovil Town.

There was anger when it came to to send off the 28 year old with Parky insisting that referee Scott Tallis made the wrong call.

He was adjudged to have put his elbow into defender Dan Moss when rising high for the ball, getting controversially sent off in the 34th minute of the National League clash at the Racecourse Ground. See it for yourself in the video below…

Yeovil went on to take advantage of their opponents being down to 10-men by scoring twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory.

The result marked an end to Wrexham’s unbeaten home record, and coming away from the fixture, the hosts feel aggrieved as the sending off which changed the game.

“I think there was one person in the whole stadium who thought it was a sending off,” said Parkinson via The Leader.

“I’m baffled by the referee’s and the other officials’ performance tonight – bad decisions.

“No-one could believe it so no-one appeals, no big drama; to get sent off for that is completely bizarre.

“There was a stunned silence around the ground, both benches were looking at each other and couldn’t believe it.

“Macca’s jumped and probably no need to go for the ball but it is certainly not a violent conduct incident.”

Parky also spoke on Jordan Ponticelli, who also was on the end of a similar type of challenge, however on this occasion, no red card was brandished out, and Parkinson reflected on the man in the middle’s inconsistency.

“If Macca’s been sent off for violent conduct, that certainly is,” said Parkinson.

“He has flung his arm and caught Jordan in the face.

“If you are consistent as a referee, that one has got to be a sending off.

“I don’t know whether the officials have come here and thought ‘there’s a big crowd, we are going to show that we can handle big stages because we want to progress’.

“It wasn’t just the sending off, a whole host of decisions baffled us on the touchline.”

After being asked whether he was planning to appeal the sending off, the Wrexham boss, who was due to speak to the referee after holding his press conference, said: “I am expecting the referee to rescind it in about 10 minutes when I go and see him.

“The fourth official at half-time was practically apologising.

“With referees, they can all communicate and they are a team, and you can’t be sure that’s a red card.

“The fourth official was like us and he said to me at half-time that he was gobsmacked with the decision.”

Parkinson added: “I will go and have a chat with the referee, whether it will do any good.

“I just want to ask them about their approach coming into this game first and foremost because they have got to improve, I have got to improve as a manager and we have got improve as a team.

“Hopefully they will look at that performance and improve in the next game.”

Twitter users reacted as Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson slams the referee over issuing a straight red card on Liam McAlinden…

@n_rhys: And yet the Yeovil player who elbowed Ponticelli didn’t even get a booking, absolutely terrible refereeing. 😡

@WxmRob: Do the salty ones still want to claim we have the refs in our pocket?

@aled174: How people are saying McAlinden deserved a red for that 😂 Kieffer Moore would get sent off every single game if that’s a red card!

@TheDaveConner: Great, we appeal, get it rescinded but then what? We could get penalised because of poor refereeing! Unbelievable! Quality of refs in this league is awful!

@george__mapp: Standard of officiating in this league is the worst I have and will ever see.

@AlwaysSunny_Wxm: First glance that’s a odd decision!

@AdrianH23306560: The immediate reaction from the Yeovil players says everything. Worth appealing, but we are Wrexham, so little point really. Worst ref I’ve seen all season.

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