Latics chairman Whelan demands Dowd probe

February 12, 2007

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has called for the authorities to investigate the past performances of referee Phil Dowd after Latics boss Paul Jewell criticised the official for costing his side victory at Arsenal.

Dowd is in the spotlight after denying Wigan what appeared to be a late second-half penalty yesterday, which could have put the visitors 2-0 up and seen Mathieu Flamini sent off.

Arsenal recovered to win 2-1, with Flamini rubbing salt in the wound by setting up the equaliser from an offside position.

Jewell also accused Dowd of swearing at his players and Whelan has demanded further scrutiny of the official from the Professional Game Match Officials Board.

'This particular referee seems to get it wrong quite a lot and surely they have to look at his performances over the season,' he told Sky Sports News. 'He gave 10 yellow cards yesterday and there was only one foul all game.

'It is is disappointing when you get a penalty that is such a nailed-on penalty and it is not given.

'You wonder what the hell goes on. Do they not like giving penalties at places like Manchester United and Arsenal?

'The referee used foul and abusive language to our players - that is not acceptable and we should take that up with the league.

'If the players used foul and abusive language to the referee, they would have been sent off.'