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

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley351913357302770
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Wigan331671042301255
8Brighton34141193728953
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn341210123942-346
11Watford341112114941845
12Bournemouth34129134451-745
13Middlesbrough351014114438644
14Huddersfield35128154546-144
15Leeds34128144749-244
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed34912133941-239
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham35910164247-537
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton31610152441-1728
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