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Brown fuming with referee

Southend boss Phil Brown said the decision for referee Peter Bankes to send him to the stands during Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Glanford Park was ‘nonsense’.

“It’s an absolute nonsense. You’re supposed to have three strikes I believe, so you’ll have to ask the referee what it’s all about,” Brown said in his post match press conference.

“But will he come out to answer the question? No, he won’t.

“I was appealing for a foul on Dave Worrall. I wasn’t swearing at the man, but he sent me to the stand.

“I listen to Match of the Day and the Premier League and thank God for the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. Those boys are saying exactly the same as we are.

“The officials have got to man up. When you come to places like this, in front of three or four thousand, you’ve got to be able to handle a bit of crowd abuse or stick.

“He got every decision right in their penalty box and he didn’t get too many right in our penalty box.

“For me it was a poor performance from another official. I’m not bemoaning that though for the result, for that I’m bemoaning the way we played in the second half.”

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