Officials have played a part in three of our four defeats, says Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has called for greater consistency from Irish League officials after he was less than impressed with controversial calls at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Hamilton's side were beaten 3-1 by the Sky Blues, despite scoring a penalty that was awarded after only 16 seconds. While he concedes that his side's second half display meant Ballymena were worthy winners, Hamilton reckons referee Raymond Hetherington should have pointed to the spot again while a Ballymena centre-back should have been sent off.
"Kofi Balmer was booked for the penalty and he and Andrew Mitchell get involved and grab each other - two yellow cards - so Kofi Balmer should get red-carded and it doesn't get dealt with because the player is on a yellow card, and because we've had a penalty kick we don't get more penalty kicks," he said.
"I don't want any player sent off but if people are going to referee the game right, then it's a yellow card for two players getting on like that. I came on at Glentoran the other week against Kym Nelson and did exactly the same and the two of us got a yellow card.
"I don't understand why it's not the same across the board. When you are a referee you have your decision and what way it should be dealt with, then it has to be like that all the time. It can't change whenever it suits yourself."
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Linfield, Crusaders and Coleraine are the other teams to have beaten Glenavon in the Premiership this season and Hamilton reckoned the Crues should have been down to ten men while the loss to Linfield came eight days after the Blues had called for a refereeing review. After that game, Hamilton said that Linfield are a 'very powerful institution' and when they make statements 'situations change.' He felt there were a 'lot of decisions' that went against his side.
Add those all together with Saturday's game at the Showgrounds and the sum total is one disgruntled manager.
"We look at the games this season and the four defeats we've had, in the Linfield game there's a foul on our defender for the goal and we should have a blatant penalty kick as TV showed," he said.
"In the Crusaders game, Colin Coates should have been sent off.
"It sounds like sour grapes all the time, but the reality is in our four defeats this year the only one where there has been no influence from a referee was at Coleraine, and they battered us."
Belfast Telegraph Digital