Everton has only won one match in their last twelve, and Roberto Martinez believes the referees deserve some of the blame.
Martinez has reached out to Mike Riley twice in recent weeks to air his concerns over certain calls that have gone against Everton. Riley serves as the Head of the Professional Game Match Officials for the FA.
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The Toffees’ boss highlighted a few specific incidents in recent matches that he believes have cost Everton in both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
I have contacted Mike Riley. The big decisions were against Manchester City where there is no justification for those big calls — the red card for Mangala on Samuel Eto’o (that wasn’t given), the yellow card against Ross Barkley and the penalty (that wasn’t).
The (Mirallas penalty) at West Ham is even harder to take because it is the linesman who gives the free-kick and then the referee knows exactly where the action happened.
We contacted Mike. They accept there’s been an honest error made but there have been too many now. Referees are part of the game and the error of the referee makes the game what it is. It’s tough to take when you’ve got six or seven big calls which didn’t go your way and scorelines could have changed.”
Everton has struggled this season, currently sitting 13th on the table with only five wins through 22 matches. Although some calls may have gone against the side, their struggles defensively cannot be blamed on officiating. Everton has conceded 34 goals this season, one of the worst records in the Premier League.
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Despite his personal problems with the recent officiating, Martinez must get his side focused for their match tomorrow against a West Bromwich side that sits just a point behind the Toffees in the standings.