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Sydenhams Wessex League footballer may quit after red card
6:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Sport
The Bypass Ground chief was furious with the lack of protection offered his big striker Craig Vigar as Town slumped to their 21st defeat of the league campaign.
With the score 0-0, the introduction of Gary Austin turned a tight game Fareham’s way.
The sub scored within five minutes of going on and, four minutes later, Romsey’s chances of a comeback vanished when Graham Lindsey added a second.
What infuriated Bennett most was the treatment of Vigar who ended up getting sent off for two bookable offences despite the fact that he had been on receiving end himself.
Bennett claimed: “Earlier in the game, Craig was punched in the face and the referee did nothing about it. The linesman was standing next to me looking in the same direction, but I saw it and he didn’t.
“Craig’s then gone in for a challenge on the goalkeeper and won the ball cleanly, but he’s been booked.
“Then one of the Fareham lads went over the top of the ball with a two-footed challenge and caught Craig on the shin.
“Craig’s got a massive bruise, but the ref said it was him and not the Fareham lad and sent Craig off.
“I asked the ref if he had a problem with Craig and Craig himself rang me up after the game and questioned if he can carry on playing.
“He was getting battered all game but didn’t have a single foul given for him all day. Just because he’s a big lad doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get protection.
“I’m not saying we would have beaten Fareham, but the refereeing was not consistent and I’m not sure what we can do about it.
“I’ll be putting in a request for a copy of assessor’s report first to see if I’m going mad, but Craig’s going to get fined on the back of this and I question why clubs can’t appeal unless we’ve got video evidence.”
Romsey are due to meet Fareham again tonight, this time at Cams Alders in the Russell Cotes Cup. A precautionary pitch inspection is booked for 3pm.
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