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Referee called to apologise for error, says Carrick boss Currie

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Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie
Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie

By Steven Beacom

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie has revealed that referee Andrew Davey phoned him to apologise for a controversial decision in Saturday's 2-1 league defeat at Dungannon Swifts.

Currie has praised Davey for the gesture, adding he hopes lessons can be learned from the incident which had a major bearing on the outcome.

Trailing 2-0 in the first half, Carrick thought they were back in the game when Stewart Nixon scored. Assistant referee George Argyropoulos flagged for offside in the build-up, leading to some Dungannon players stopping, even though Davey had not given a free-kick. Carrick played on.

Dungannon protested and were relieved when Davey disallowed the goal, though that angered Currie and his players.

Dungannon collected three valuable points to move them eight clear of Rangers in 10th.

Currie said: "Andrew phoned me on Sunday. He apologised and was very decent, saying it shouldn't have been disallowed.

"I like that. It doesn't make me feel any better in terms of the result but it was a very decent thing for Andrew Davey to do.

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"He got the decision 100% right at the time but unfortunately changed his mind. The insistence from the linesman did surprise me and I wish Andrew would have stood his ground.

"Hopefully we can all learn lessons from what happened."

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