Belfast Telegraph

Bryan stood down after blunders

Assistant referee Dave Bryan has been stood down from Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between Blackburn and Liverpool following his offside blunders in Chelsea's victory over Wigan.

Press Association Sport understands the Professional Game Match Officials Board had decided to withdraw Bryan for the game at Ewood Park in the wake of his performance at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Chelsea beat Wigan 2-1, with Bryan and referee Mike Jones allowing their goals to stand before replays showed both should have been ruled out for offside.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez was "furious" with Bryan's performance, branding it "disgusting" and "horrific" and claiming his side had been "robbed".

Martinez is now waiting to learn whether he will face a Football Association charge for his outspoken attack.

The withdrawal of officials for matches is not necessarily a punishment for poor performances.

It is understood referees' chief Mike Riley treats each case on its merits, with the decision partly based on whether it is best for an official to been given another match quickly or to be taken out of the limelight for a short period.


From Belfast Telegraph