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McCarthy hints at referee agenda against Wolves

Mick McCarthy has risked a response from the FA by suggesting officials are refereeing Wolves' matches with an agenda, and he told critics of his team's tactics that they should be 'ashamed'.

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McCarthy's side drew huge criticism following their 2-1 defeat to Fulham, which saw Bobby Zamora stretchered off with a broken leg. Defender Christophe Berra also saw red late in the game for two bookable offences.

The club faces a £75,000 fine for having seven players booked for the second time in as many matches, following their 1-1 draw with Newcastle. However, McCarthy insists a false media storm is being created around his team, and he believes referees are buying into it.

"We're not a dirty team. At the moment it looks like we are because of circumstances but there's not a great deal we can do about it," the Wolves boss told the Daily Mirror. "What concerns me is that there wasn't a bad tackle in the game at Fulham.

"I reckon they were saying in the referee's room beforehand, 'we'll have to watch this lad or that lad.' I've watched the game at Fulham twice now and there wasn't a bad tackle. I went through the bookings last week. There was nothing malicious at Fulham and there we are with seven bookings and a sending off.

"I also watched Wigan play Tottenham, Phil Dowd was the referee in that too. I just looked at some of the challenges and we were getting bookings for them. Michael Mancienne was pulling a shirt, Christophe Berra was two obstructions.

"What can I say? We will continue to play as we have been. Those who want to whip it up into something it's not should be ashamed of themselves."


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