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By ESPN Staff
Nov 19, 2006

Furious Boothroyd seeks talks with referees' chief

Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd is unrepentant after calling for underperforming Premiership referees to be put 'in the stocks and hit with rotten tomatoes for a week.'

He plans to ask referees' chief, Keith Hackett about them. And he still insists much-maligned Watford will not compromise the up-and-at-them style that, despite not winning many points yet on their return to the the top-flight, strikes fear into opponents.

Boothroyd at around 5ft 8ins and about 10 stones wringing wet, would seem unlikely to frighten many people but the 35-year-old - youngest boss in the top-flight - has committed to a muscular method of play which seriously worries technically superior sides.

And he also has a fiery tongue that commands attention.

Merseyside official Chris Foy was his target when Lomana LuaLua scored a contentious late penalty to give Portsmouth a hard-earned victory at Fratton Park - after Hornets had been denied two confident spot-kick shouts.

Boothroyd did not mean his 'put them in stocks' remark, of course. He can switch from the serious to humorous in seconds.

But he still plans to go ahead with complaints to Hackett on the grounds that smaller clubs are getting a raw deal from officials in the top-flight.

He expects a rap from the Football Association once Foy's report, sure to include an end-of-match verbal clash, is received and said: 'I didn't ask the referee round to dinner. I just made a statement - not a question - which had an exclamation mark at the end.

'I expect I am in trouble already but I am not letting this go. We should have had two penalties before Portsmouth had their one but we didn't get either. The least I expect is a bit of consistency.

'I will be speaking to Keith Hackett because I want to see something done. I was one of the first to support reerees and say they deserved the help of technology with major decisions but when they are poor there has to be more than a couple of weeks demotion for them.

'I'm not saying send them to jail but managers pay for poor decisions and so why not referees too.'