Birmingham drop complaint against referee for ‘mocking’ captain

• Club unhappy after official's remarks to Paul Robinson
• 'He knows what he said. It is not acceptable in any walk of life'

Birmingham City have mentioned in their match report submitted to Professional Game Match Officials Limited that they were unhappy with comments made by the referee James Linington during Wednesday night's 3-3 draw against Burnley but the Midlands club have decided against pursuing any formal complaint about the incident.

Lee Clark, the Birmingham manager, accused Linington of mocking Paul Robinson during the match at St Andrew's and claimed that "the referee rubbed my captain's nose in the fact that we were losing the game". The remarks, which Clark described as unacceptable, were alleged to have be made in the wake of Burnley's Michael Duff heading in a disputed free-kick to put the visitors 2-1 in front.

"Before their second goal, the referee gave a free-kick against Paul when I thought Danny Ings fouled Paul," Clark said after the match. "After the goal went in, Paul remonstrated with him and he gave Paul a yellow card and then basically told him the scoreline and had a little smile at him. I know this because Paul came across and told me."

Although Birmingham remain upset with the circumstances surrounding that goal and have flagged up Linington's conduct in the standard report that is filed after every fixture, the Championship club have decided to leave the matter in the hands of the PGMOL, rather than push for any separate inquiry.

It now remains to be seen whether Dave Allison, who works for the PGMOL and is in charge of the Football League officials, will take up the issue with Linington and ask for the referee's interpretation of events. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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