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Oxford United striker Kitson slams 'horrific' ref
DAVE Kitson launched a scathing attack on referee Mark Brown after Oxford United’s 1-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
The U’s striker branded the official ‘the worst of his career’, described him as ‘arrogant’ and claimed he ‘was swearing at Alfie Potter as he lay on the floor with his leg in a brace’.
The visitors won the game with a 71st-minute penalty, which Brown awarded after a foul by Jake Wright, which replays showed was outside the area.
To compound his shocking display, Brown then only booked Rovers defender Tom Lockyer for a nasty tackle on Alfie Potter, which saw the Oxford man stretchered off.
Potter left the ground on crutches, with United fearing he will face a long spell on the sidelines with ligament damage – or even a break.
Kitson pulled no punches with his assessment of the official.
“I think it is (a difficult afternoon) if you have a referee like that,” he said.
“He was horrific. Absolutely horrendous. He was quite possibly the worst referee I have ever had in my career.
“We have an incident where Alfie Potter is lying there on the floor with a leg in a brace.
“He’s saying to the referee ‘what sort of a challenge is that’ and the referee is swearing at him, telling him to shut up and if he keeps talking he’s going to send him off.
“The lad is lying there with tears in his eyes and leg in a brace. He couldn’t even talk to him.
“He was probably the most arrogant man I’ve ever come across on a football pitch.”
He added: “The penalty is two yards outside the box so it’s a free-kick.
“The linesman had absolutely no idea whatsoever and the referee gave it without even talking to him.
“Then one of their lads has me in a headlock at the end and it should be a penalty.
“But it was just like ‘we’ll get on with it and have a throw-in instead’.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life – it just makes you wonder why you bother.”
Brown was unable to respond to Kitson’s criticism due to FA constraints.
United wasted a number of glorious headed chances, and Kitson did admit that it could have been a very different story had they taken their opportunities.
“We need to score,” he said.
“I’ve had a header, Beano (James Constable) has had a couple of headers – on another day we should have been three or four-up.
“But we then concede a rubbish goal – which was of our own making because the lad has run straight through the middle and we didn’t lay a glove on him.
“We are all guilty because we defend as a team and attack as a team.
“But if you’re going to give a penalty for a foul two yards outside the box what chance have you got?
“We need to win our home games though. If you look at any side that wants to be successful – they have a solid home record.
“We haven’t got that and we need to address it.”
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