Birmingham to report 'arrogant' referee after Burnley draw

Birmingham v Burnley

Birmingham manager Lee Clark accused referee James Linington of "mocking" captain Paul Robinson during the 3-3 draw with Burnley.

Robinson was booked for protesting after Michael Duff had put Burnley 2-1 up midway through the second half.

Clark told BBC Radio 5 live: "The referee rubbed my captain's nose in the fact that we were losing the game.

"That is unacceptable behaviour from an official and I will be wanting to take it further. He mocked him."

Burnley were furious at the manner of Birmingham's late equaliser, claiming Manchester United loanee Federico Macheda had handled when scoring. They also claimed that there had been a foul in the build-up to the goal.

But Clark, who celebrated Macheda's strike by kicking the advertising boards, said Linington had made "debateable" decisions during the match that affected both sides.

"Referees will make errors, I accept that, but I'm more concerned with the way the referee spoke to my captain when he booked him," said Clark.

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Clark to report 'mocking' referee

"We felt there was a foul when Burnley scored their second. When Paul Robinson protested, the referee mocked him about the scoreline."

Clark, who said he would report Linington, added: "There was a lot of arrogance from the officials. I was furious and I lost my temper.

"I am not questioning his performance, but he knows what he said and it is not acceptable in any walk of life."

The draw at St Andrew's leaves Birmingham without a home win in 13 league games, while Burnley are second in the Championship, eight points clear of third-placed Derby.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3424553377
2Burnley35191332770
3Derby3518891762
4QPR3417981260
5Nottm Forest35141471456
6Reading351510101555
7Wigan33167101255
8Brighton3414119953
9Ipswich35131210651
10Blackburn34121012-346
11Watford34111211845
12Bournemouth3412913-745
13Middlesbrough35101411644
14Huddersfield3512815-144
15Leeds3412814-244
16Bolton3591313-440
17Sheff Wed3491213-239
18Blackpool3591115-1938
19Birmingham3591016-537
20Doncaster359917-2236
21Millwall3571018-3031
22Yeovil347819-1929
23Barnsley3461117-2829
24Charlton3161015-1728
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