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Ref Winter questioned on Fulham Penalty

last updated Thursday 07th November 2002, 2:12 PM
Referee Jeff Winter will spend the next 48 hours explaining to his fellow officials why he turned down two seemingly indisputable Fulham penalty appeals against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Cottagers, who lost 1-0, have questioned Winter's decisions in their referee's report on the game for the Professional Game Match Officials' Board.

The Stockton-on-Tees ref will now come under scrutiny from PGMOB manager Philip Don, assistant boss Keith Hackett and the other 23 Select Group referees attending their fortnightly conference at Staverton Park, Northamptonshire this week.

Referee Jeff Winter
Referee Jeff Winter
Fulham were furious when Winter waved away penalty claims as Sol Campbell first flattened Luis Boa Morte 10 yards from goal - and later tripped him just inside the penalty area.

Cottagers deputy managing director Lee Hoos, who compiled his club's report on Winter, said: "You can imagine what I've put.

"We weren't happy and have made our views known to the PGMOB. It's up to them how they performance-manage referees. "I take notes during the game and review the tape afterwards. Now we've invited comments and would be grateful for feedback."

Don and the 24 Select Group officials meet for two days every fortnight to analyse their performances, review match videos and complete training routines.

Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson said: "We have a system in place where all referees are continually monitored to ensure the highest standards of refereeing."

Fulham boss Jean Tigana refused to blame Winter after Sunday's defeat, saying: "I never speak about the referee. I respect him because it's possible to make a mistake.

"That's part of the game. I don't like to criticise as you have to accept decisions."

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave Campbell a vote of confidence this week. "Fulham surprised us on one or two occasions on Sunday," he said. "But Sol's very conscientious and keen to take responsibility. I'm very pleased with his attitude."
Source PA Sport by Alistair Grant
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