McCarthy: Arsenal fans played their part as “ref cracked under pressure”
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy felt referee Stuart Attwell buckled under pressure from Arsenal supporters onTuesday after seeing Nenad Milijas receive a straight red card.
The midfielder was sent off by Attwell, 29, in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium for a tackle on Mikel Arteta.
Ref justice: McCarthy reacts at The Emirates Stadium
Replays showed Milijas made contact with the ball in the incident and McCarthy claimed that Attwell was wrong to brandish a red card, believing the official gave in to demands for a sending-off from the home crowd.
When asked about the incident in his post-match press conference, McCarthy said: “I think that atmosphere out there is a difficult place to work in whether you are a player, coach, manager, referee or an assistant,
Controversial decision: Attwell sends off Nenad Milijas (20)
“It”s pretty pressurised out there and I think there was a lot of pressure on him to do it. If he sees it again, from what I have seen, it can”t be a red card.”
McCarthy confirmed Wolves would appeal against the decision, adding: “Milijas has got his foot on the ground and makes contact with the ball – I don”t think he leaves the ground.
“Somebody said to me he has his studs up, but you generally do if you have a tackle with your foot sliding in.”