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Laws Rues D'Urso Decision

Laws Rues D'Urso Decision

Wednesday boss Brian Laws was left questioning the decision to send Jermaine Johnson off in the Owls' defeat to West Brom, but didn't put the blame at feet of Andy D'Urso.

The man in black gave Johnson his marching orders with 12 minutes remaining of the Owls' clash with the Baggies on Tuesday night, which saw Kevin Phillips bag a late, late winner against ten-man Wednesday.

Baggies midfielder Jonathan Greening looked to have grabbed Johnson by the neck after a tussle, but the former Middlesbrough man only saw a yellow card while JJ was sent for an early bath after D'Urso asked for the assistance of his assistant referee.

The decision forced Laws to leave his technical area and go and confront the linesman, but the Owls' gaffer insists he will be leaving it up to D'Urso whether to change his mind on the decision or not after another mistake in the Stoke City clash at the weekend.

'It was a turning point because we were down to ten men and to have any chance of winning or getting a result against West Brom you want all of your players on the pitch,' Laws told the official SWFC website.

'I think that incident upset quite a lot of people, particularly the supporters, players and myself because I didn't think there was anything in it to justify a red card.'

He continued: 'Mr D'Urso sent somebody off for Stoke at the weekend and made a blatant mistake. Let's hope he looks at this one again and says the same thing, I don't know.

'I will have to leave that call to him I think, we can use every excuse under the sun and have a right go at the referee but that's not the right option; I still believe we should have done better, even in those last two minutes of the game when you have to run the clock down.'

Johnson had only just returned from sitting out the Barnsley clash through suspension, and now faces more time on the sidelines at the worst possible time for the Owls.

Date:Wednesday March 5 2008
Time: 9:00AM


D'urso is an absolute muppet.
04/03/2008 23:57:00
he threw an elbow therefore its a red for F*** sake!!! he got away with smackin bedner in the first half so we were lucky not to be playin with 10 for longer!! JJ knew he was goin cus he knew wat he had done!!
05/03/2008 09:46:00
From where i was sat it looked like they were both at it.
will it ever happen
05/03/2008 10:02:00
Thanks futures. I wasn't there, but suspected he had lost his rag. Jermaine needs to learn a bit of self control. See this far too often from him
05/03/2008 10:02:00
johnson had to go but so did theres. but what makes it worse is then after all that we got the free kick. d'urso and his linesmen were rubbish all night with some strange decisions
05/03/2008 11:11:00
05/03/2008 11:44:00
If JJ was sent off Greening should have gone too, end of story futures, you can't grab someone by the neck, surely?!!!!!!
05/03/2008 15:59:00
greenin got a yellow n thats enough he hardly touched johnson but johnson lost his rag after being kicked a couple of times!! iv seen it again n jj smashed him in the face then every1 piled in!
05/03/2008 16:29:00
the rules are if u retaliete in tht manner u shud be sent off so they both sudve been off wudve cudve made a whole differance
05/03/2008 18:09:00
If JJ was sent off Greening should have gone too, end of story futures, you can't grab someone by the neck, surely?!!!!!! NicNac would totally agree with the sentiments here but d'urso has a rep to live up to so someone walks every game
ozanne park rangers
08/03/2008 05:45:00
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