St Ledger: “the referee was poor all night”

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Updated: September 3, 2011


Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger blasted match official Pedro Proenca after this evening’s goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia.

The Leicester centre-back, who will miss the must win game in Moscow as a result of an 87th-minute yellow card for a foul, was far from impressed with the Portuguese referee.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, an incensed St Ledger said: “I just think the referee has to have a bit of common sense, really.

“I’ve not intentionally stuck my leg out. I tried to get out of the way and he’s just brandished the yellow card.

“I thought the referee was poor all night, really – indecisive, a lot of bad decisions. But that’s football. We have to try to get on with it and lift ourselves.”

“We were looking for three points, being at home,” St Ledger said.

“The fans were magnificent and we had a couple of chances, but you have to take the positives – we kept another clean sheet and now we go to Moscow trying to get the three points. It’s possible.

“Russia are a good side – they won today [1-0 against FYR Macedonia] and obviously have gone a few points clear.

“But we will take the positive and try to crack on from here.”

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