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Darren Ferguson Tirades Against "Disgusting" Standard Of "Unfit" Referees

Darren Ferguson Tirades Against "Disgusting" Standard Of "Unfit" Referees

Sitting comfortably enough in the middle of League One, Darren Ferguson's Doncaster Rovers are adapting to life after promotion quite well.

The son of Alex and former manager of Peterborough United and Preston North End, Ferguson's side are eight points off the play-off places after today's 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle.

Having taken a first-half lead, Rovers ultimately couldn't hold on for the three points - it was an eventuality that Ferguson didn't find all that satisfying.

In particular, Ferguson directed his scorns toward the officials. Speaking in his post-match conference, the man who spent four years of his playing career under his father with Manchester United was left baffled by referee calls that left one "with nothing to think about."

Lamenting a blatant penalty call that went against his side in the last-minute, and a foul against one of his players that was apparently overlooked in the run-up to Plymouth's equaliser, Ferguson said the performance of the officials was "disgusting":

It was disgusting, absolutely disgusting, the standard of refereeing there. To not see that [foul] is a disgrace.

Launching into a frank discussion on the pointlessness of instigating a complaint against the official, Ferguson provided a fairly bleak portrayal of the situation as he has experienced it:

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We got a letter [from the FA] after the Oxford game, 'we apologise we played an extra minute of injury time, and we apologise we gave a penalty for a foul that was clearly outside the box.'

But the referee that refereed that game is refereeing again at the weekend. We'll just get another apology, but they'll continue to referee the next weekend.

Continuing his diatribe, Ferguson suggested that the standard of referees at League One level was "appalling, the fitness levels are a disgrace ... it's disgusting, I've had enough of it."

Asked what he would do to remedy it? "Shoot them."

You can hear all of Ferguson's interview here.

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