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Jewell set to be hit hard following ref rage

The Football Association have confirmed they will examine comments made by Wigan manager Paul Jewell following his criticism of referee Phil Dowd after last night's 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

An angry Jewell described Dowd as 'incompetent' and claimed his decisions were 'nonsensical', in particular in allowing Rovers' late equaliser to stand.

The FA will consider whether Jewell's words compromise the integrity of Dowd and his assistants.

A decision is expected to be made later today, with an FA spokesman confirming: 'We are looking into the matter.'

Dowd had earlier disallowed what appeared to be a valid Blackburn goal, only to adjudge Paul Dickov had impeded goalkeeper John Filan, despite minimal contact being made.

After Arjan de Zeeuw's strike was also ruled out for an incorrect offside decision, Dowd further infuriated Jewell with his call on Shefki Kuqi's first goal since Boxing Day.

Filan was charged off the ball by Lucas Neill as he came to collect Steven Reid's cross, allowing Kuqi to score.

Jewell complained: 'We were robbed in the first half and robbed at the end, but that's about right for Phil Dowd with Wigan.

'I never usually talk about referees but he's cost us the game. I have seen our disallowed goal on the monitor and it's not even close, while their goal at the end is not a foul, it's GBH. But he didn't think it was a foul.

'One Premier League manager once told me Dowd is the worst referee we have got in this league - and he ain't wrong.

'He genuinely gets things wrong. He doesn't do it on purpose, he is just not very good. He is just incompetent.'

Jewell expects to land a disrepute charge from the FA, which in turn will lead to a trip to Soho Square to explain his comments, and a likely fine.