Tactless Tony Pulis Singles Out 'Lady Linesman' For Criticism On Offside Call

Tactless Tony Pulis Singles Out 'Lady Linesman' For Criticism On Offside Call

After watching his side draw 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers this afternoon, a fairly tactless Tony Pulis criticised the decision-making of the 'lady linesman' on an offside call.

Down to 10-men within 20 minutes of the match kicking-off, Charlie Mulgrew's successful free-kick shortly thereafter had Middeslbrough on the back-foot.

However, with the second-half well underway, Britt Assombalonga leveled things up for the home-side with around half-an-hour yet to play.

Disappointed that his side had not managed to pick up a win that would have moved them into third place in the Championship table, Pulis was particularly incensed by a decision from Sian Massey-Ellis, who was working one of the line's this afternoon.

With Assombalonga seemingly set up to put Middlesbrough ahead, he was called for offside by Massey-Ellis. In the end, Assombalonga missed the chance to secure an important win anyway.

"We did well second-half, I thought we played really well," Pulis stated in an interview with the club's official broadcaster.


"But again, Britt's chance, when the linesman puts the flag up for, the lady linesman, that's not offside, we've looked at that and it's not offside.

"How she's given offside for that goodness knows."

In the later interview with the assorted press, Pulis doubled down on the criticism, once again remarking upon the 'lady linesman' in question.

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