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Blackpool boss Holloway was ‘almost arrested’

Ian Holloway has admitted that he was threatened with arrest during his side’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley on Easter Monday.

The Blackpool manager, angry with the officials after Keith Southern was shown a red card for a challenge on Barnsley defender Stephen Foster in the 21st minute, said: “I was threatened to be arrested because of my language. I apologise about that.

“There was a policeman standing next to me, so I had to shut up. I was probably lucky to get away with it.”

Holloway says it was Foster who should have been shown a red card after he went in two-footed – and has called for referees to be given more assistance.

"I am absolutely devastated with the sending off to be honest. I felt there were two people in that challenge," said the outspoken Blackpool boss.

‘Disgust’

"My player put one foot in and the other put two in. I have seen it four times from a few different angles and my disgust at the decision won't change.

"Until we get it right we will continue to have the debacle we have seen this weekend in some of the games in the Premier League.

"I don't think it matters who gets there first in the tackle. It's the intent and the purpose and two-footed is much worse than one-footed and that's why Keith is aggrieved.”

Holloway added: "He went in fairly to win the ball. I wouldn't have a problem if both men had been sent off but the referees need help and it isn't human help that they need.

"They have a monitor to look at and they should be able to use it to make decisions. These decisions don't even themselves out over the course of the season in my opinion."


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