Martinez meets with refs chief

LATICS manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he has been in contact with referees chief Mike Riley following last Saturday’s controversial 3-3 draw with Blackburn at the DW Stadium.

Rovers’ second goal came when Morten Gamst Pedersen appeared to dribble the ball straight from a corner before crossing for Junior Hoilett to score.

Referee Andre Marriner, who allowed the effort to stand, is not taking charge of a match this weekend. The incident left Martinez fuming and the Spaniard has since discussed the matter with Riley, manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.

“I spoke with Mike Riley and he faced the situation,” Martinez said.

“I think he was a real credit to the association and to the referees in general.

“Obviously, it is a very difficult action to explain, but I just want to move on.

“It is not something that you are going to see on a football pitch too often and I saw it as very careless at that moment.

“It is something you need to get right.

“It is not down to judgement – it is probably one of the few aspects where refereeing in a game is black and white, with no grey areas.

“You have to deal with it with a little bit more care.”