Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman apologises to Jon Moss for furious rant after Derby defeat

26 Jan

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has apologised to Jon Moss after claiming the refereeing during the defeat to Derby left him feeling “sick”, “depressed” and “persecuted”.

In an furious post-match rant, Coleman attacked the officials for making a series of ‘horrendous decisions’ which he felt cost the League One side.

Coleman (C) was left incensed by the ‘horrendous’ officiating at display

“It wasn’t the fault of Jon Moss that we lost the game,” said Coleman in a statement on Sunday.

“I shouldn’t be blaming him for it and I want to apologise.

“I still stand by some of my comments that there were some inconsistencies, especially with some players getting booked and others not for what I saw as similar tackles.”

In the build-up to Martyn Waghorn’s decisive goal, Janoi Donacien was incorrectly penalised for a ‘foul’ that Coleman felt was actually an excellent tackle.

Dan Barlaser is shown a second yellow for a poorly timed challenge

And the 56-year-old launched a seething attack on referee Moss after the game.

“I’m rapidly falling out of love with football. I just wonder; what is the point anymore?” he said.

“Every week you get stiffed by a horrendous decision and today is no different.

“It wasn’t a sending off; the lad has made two tackles in the game. It’s not a dangerous tackle. It’s a fair coming together, two players trying to win the ball.

“It happened two minutes before to our captain and he played on! Or he just gives the foul and he says, ‘It’s a coming together’.

Waghorn pounces to score the winner for Derby

“The best comment I could say to our lads is that you wouldn’t know we were down to ten men for 25 minutes. Even the most ardent and bias Derby fan would have to admit they did not deserve to win that game.

“The best they deserved was a draw and unfortunately, for two weeks running we get a horrendous decision which goes against us.

“The build-up to the goal! The fourth official is shouting down his mic ‘good tackle, good tackle, good tackle.’

“He [Jon Moss] gives a foul and they score from that and we are getting this every single week.

“To be honest, I sometimes feel like packing it in.”

James Milner was sent off by his former PE teacher Jon Moss during Liverpool victory over Crystal Palace

21 Jan

James Milner’s red card against Crystal Palace on Saturday was no ordinary sending off.

It wasn’t anything due to the ferocity of his challenge on Wilfried Zaha – more the face he was dismissed by his old primary school teacher!

Milner goes down the tunnel in the closing stages of Liverpool’s win over Palace

Referee Jon Moss had no choice, but to send the Liverpool man off as Milner was already on a yellow card when he did the late tackle on Zaha.

But Milner actually walked off before Moss – or Mr Moss as he probably knew him – brandished the card suggesting the England international is very aware of the referee’s approach to discipline!

However, Milner’s dismissal didn’t affect the result for his side as Liverpool battled to a 4-3 win.

Former England player Milner, 33, went to Westbrook Primary School in Horsforth, Yorkshire.

He then went on to attend Horsforth School where Milner bagged himself 11 GCSE’s, which includes an outstanding performance in PE, despite breaking through as a Premier League star with Leeds aged 16.

And evidence surfaced on social media showing Moss and Milner’s time together in the same junior school team – with the now referee as the coach and Milner (who is holding the football) as captain.

After the sending off, Milner is suspended for Liverpool’s next Premier League game – a home match against Leicester on January 30.