Jewell rants at female official
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell hit out at the match officials – and in particular female assistant referee Amy Fearn – after his side were denied a penalty in last night’s 2-1 defeat at Birmingham.
Jewell was angry that an 81st-minute challenge by City skipper Steven Caldwell on Lee Martin went unpunished, storming on to the pitch afterwards to confront the officials.
And Jewell pulled no punches in the post-match press conference. Responding to the comment ‘I think everyone to a man thought it was a penalty’, Jewell replied: “Unfortunately to every man, but not a woman.”
”Although the referee didn't have a good view, I thought the lineswoman, or whatever she's called, had a great view. “It's a stonewall penalty and it's a sending off, but he (Lewis) didn't give it.
“You better ask him why he didn't give it, or her why she (Fearn) didn't give it.” He added: “I asked them at the end but it's a wall of silence, it's happened but I don't know why it's happened. “I don't even think it's a debatable penalty.”
Town appeared on course for a deserved point until Nikola Zigic's 91st-minute winner from close range. The clincher came from David Murphy's long throw, the same source which led to the Serbian's ninth-minute opener which was cancelled out by Martin's superb long-range finish after a driving run from midfield.