Poor refereeing decisions cost Swansea, says Curtis

Published 01/14/2016, 9:17 AM EST
Football Soccer – Swansea City v Sunderland – Barclays Premier League – Liberty Stadium – 13/1/16. Swansea City manager Alan Curtis and performance psychologist Ian Mitchell (L) before the game. Reuters / Rebecca Naden. Livepic


REUTERS – Swansea City manager Alan Curtis said he felt poor refereeing decisions cost his side in Wednesday’s 4-2 Premier League defeat by fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium.

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Swansea defender Kyle Naughton was controversially sent off late in the first half for a foul on Yann M’Vila and the Welsh club, one point and one place above the relegation zone, could now appeal.

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Jermain Defoe hit a hat-trick for Sunderland with his first goal converted from an offside position.

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“I’m disappointed, obviously. The big talking point is the refereeing decisions,” Curtis told reporters.

“Unfortunately, the referee got all the major decisions wrong. When the referee makes a huge decision to send a player off… Kyle won the ball clearly.”

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Swansea, who sacked manager Garry Monk last month, have won only one of their last 11 league games.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru)

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