Fisher boss Dean Harrison: I'd like a bit more protection for my players

Friday 08th December 2017

FISHER manager Dean Harrison has hit back at the poor standard of refereeing in the Southern Counties East Football League.


The Fish are in the top four in the First Division table with 29 points on the board from 15 games, 12 points behind leaders K Sports and 11 behind second-placed outfit Punjab United.

“Our league form has been decent of late and it's now up to us to stay focused and win our next three games in the lead up to Christmas,” said Harrison.

“The pressure is on the teams above us to stay there, we're just enjoying our football and seeing how far it can take us.

“More important are my concerns about some of the officiating at this level.

“I don't know how Stansfeld finished the game against us last week with eleven men still on the pitch and in a London Trophy game the week before, we were told by the ref that a challenge on one of my players would have been a red in the Premier League but he deemed it not even a foul at this level!

“My player missed the next game through result of the injury sustained!

“I almost feel you can be subconsciously penalised by some officials in this league for trying to play good football, it's bizarre. I'd like a bit more protection for my players.

“We'll continue with our philosophy and ethics and hopefully at the end of the day, football will be the winner!” calls on The Football Association to have more accountability from their match officials and for the match referee to take part in post-match press conferences to explain some of their key decisions during games, instead of being shut in a room where not even a manager can go and speak to them, then the match officials go to the boardroom and take their money and go home.

Fisher welcome fourth-from-bottom side Sutton Athletic to St Paul’s tomorrow.

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Fisher  v  Sutton Athletic
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 9th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at St Paul’s Stadium, Salter Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 6NT