Wolves manager Mick McCarthy: Arsenal fans played their part as "ref cracked under pressure"

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

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)

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.”