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Poch calls for fairness from refs
11:25am Monday 30th December 2013 in Sport
Angry Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has called for his side to be treated fairly by referees and not judged on their age or looks.
Pochettino was fuming that referee Mark Clattenburg failed to award what he believed to be two clear penalties in the defeat at Everton.
It is the latest incident in a mounting frustration for the Saints manager that has been building over his time in charge of the club.
Though he doesn’t want his players to change their ways, and insisted he was not being disrespectful to officials, he feels it is too easy for referees to turn down decisions for his young side.
He said: “I am completely angry about some of the refereeing decisions. There is not just one but two clear penalties that were not given to us.
“We have been suffering this all season long, many injustices that haven’t gone our way.
“I said after the game as well it is easier to referee a Southampton side where we are all young and friendly and young players. It’s very easy to have decisions not go for us. It’s a lot easier to have decisions go against us.”
Saints have been awarded two penalties in the Premier League this season, while one has gone against them.
Last season they were handed just three spot kicks, with only five clubs having fewer in the top flight.
“I don’t want my players to be nasty, we just want Southampton to be refereed with the same rigour as all other clubs are judged,” said Pochettino.
“We want the same treatment as all other clubs – nothing better, nothing worse, just the same.
“We don’t want to be judged by our young, handsome, good looking players that we have. “We don’t want to be judged in that sense, we want to be judged in the same manner and the same rigour and the same way as all other clubs do.
“We just want what’s fair basically.”
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