Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup angry over wall of silence
MICHAEL Laudrup has admitted he cannot understand the wall of silence put up in the wake of Swansea City's goal that never was at West Brom.
Even four days on, the Swansea manager remains frustrated about the decision to chalk off Roland Lamah's late strike at the Hawthorns for offside.
And he is also upset about the lack of either an apology or explanation of what went on.
Swansea were on the end of one of the poorest offside calls seen in the Premier League this season when Lamah's effort was ruled out even though he was played in by not one but two Albion players. Assistant referee Lee Betts raised his flag, and referee Lee Mason failed to spot his colleague's error.
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"I haven't had a call from the referee, the linesman or from anyone at their organisation," Laudrup said.
"And I haven't read anything in the newspapers from the referee or the linesman either, and now I have learned that in this country the press are not allowed to speak to them.
"In Denmark, Spain or Italy, the press go and ask the referee in this situation — they ask why or what.
"But if that's not allowed here, there could be no reaction at all and then next weekend everyone forgets about it and you go on.
"I don't think that's fair and I don't think that's right."
Lancashire referee Mason will not take charge of a fixture this weekend, but a Premier League spokesman has stressed to the Evening Post that he has not been punished. Laudrup suggested in the immediate aftermath of West Brom that blundering officials ought to be taken off duty for a couple of weeks if errors are made.
But according to the league, officials will only be stood down in exceptional circumstances and, as glaring as the Lamah error was, it was not deemed to be in that bracket. Mason will be the fourth official at Manchester United's game with Reading this weekend, while Betts is due to run the line at Southampton for their meeting with Liverpool. With 18 referees currently on the top-flight roster, it is inevitable that some will not take charge of a game every weekend.
The fact that Mason has not been sanctioned is only likely to add to Laudrup's frustration as he reflects on a point lost.
It is thought the Dane has been contacted by the League Managers' Association this week, but there has been nothing as yet from refereeing boss Mike Riley.
"I had a call from somebody who wanted to show their sympathy with me and with us," Laudrup added.
"But I would like to get at least some reaction from the officials and the referee chief as well.
"I think the minimum is just to recognise a huge mistake.
"If you make a mistake in football or in normal life, you have to accept it. Why shouldn't referees or linesmen do the same?
"If nobody is allowed to speak to them officially then people just forget these mistakes, and I don't think that's correct.
"There are different levels of (refereeing) mistakes, and this was a major one."