Peterborough United manager Steve Evans blasts 'poor referee' after being sent off

Peterborough United manager Steve Evans believes he was harshly treated by referee Darren Bond after both himself and assistant Paul Raynor were sent off in Posh's 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers.

Saturday, 1st September 2018, 7:14 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:19 pm
Paul Raynor shown a yellow card by referee Darren Bond. Photo: Joe Dent

This is the first season where managers can be yellow and red carded, although it is not clear if either Evans or Raynor will be banned from the dugout.

Bond booked Raynor in the first-half after Siriki Dembele had been fouled, with the assistant manager unhappy that Bond had blown his whistle despite striker Jason Cummings having the chance to move in on goal.

Evans was then booked twice in a few minutes in the second-half with Bond then showing Raynor a second yellow moments afterwards. Their anger came after Bond again blew up up for a Posh free-kick despite the home side being further up the field with the chance to break.

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Paul Raynor shown a yellow card by referee Darren Bond. Photo: Joe Dent

The Posh boss said he was penalised for stepping out of his technical area and that Raynor had sworn.

He said: "I've not seen the FA in a while, I'll be seeing them again next week I think. If you get sent off because you're half a yard outside your technical area and the fourth official deems that's inappropriate and worth of a second yellow and put you in the stand, then that's not what the League Manager's Association were told by the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) back in our summer meetings.

"I thought the referee was poor today. He is a poor referee. We're not putting any proportion of blame on him today but it doesn't help.

"I just think the referee likes the attention. They love to come over and show a yellow and a red to managers and feel in control and important."

Evans also said that when he was Mansfield manager he had given Bond a rating of three out of 100.