Neil Warnock: Cardiff boss disappointed with referee Andy Madley
Neil Warnock called referee Andy Madley "a trainee" following his Cardiff side's 3-2 defeat at Watford on Saturday.
Warnock felt Madley should have shown Hornets striker Troy Deeney a yellow card after he collided with goalkeeper Neil Etheridge while sliding for the ball in the second half.
"I cannot understand why we had Andre Marriner as the fourth official, and a referee who has not refereed a game all season [as the ref]," Warnock told BBC Sport.
"Unless it's because we are Cardiff and they say we can have a trainee or somebody?"
Madley was refereeing his first Premier League match of the season, having made his debut in the top-flight in March when he took charge of Watford's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
The 35-year-old has predominantly refereed in the Championship this season and has 100 Championship matches and plenty more Football League and FA Cup games to his name.
"Troy should have been booked," said Warnock. "I don't understand why we have to be the experimental side.
"Is it because they feel sorry for us? Or feel we are not important?
"You cannot tell me Marriner would not have give Deeney a card of some sort. It was a terrible tackle. We do not queue up and surround the referee. It upsets me when I see other teams get away with things.
"He [Deeney] could have pulled out early doors or not put his studs up. It warranted a card. I am disappointed to have an inexperienced referee. At least it gives him practice and is great for his assessors."
Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy said he understood Warnock's complaint.
"I suppose what Neil is saying is why does it [having an inexperienced referee] have to be in our game and not a bigger game, because for him every Cardiff game is massive and means the world," said Murphy.
"I do think it's a tad naughty from Deeney but it's not a red card, maybe a yellow. He's entitled to go for it as a striker. The keeper jumps up really quickly and is fine. I don't think it's a red but I do take Neil's point to a degree."
Fellow Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer added: "Referees have to start somewhere and I didn't think it warranted a red card."
Three fine goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas and Domingos Quinas saw Watford cruise into a comfortable lead, with their opponents proving no match for the Hornets for much of the game.
But with 10 minutes remaining at Vicarage Road, Junior Hoilett pulled back a seeming consolation goal before Bobby Reid added a second to give Cardiff a sniff of an unlikely point.