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Swansea boss Cooper makes blunt claim after Blackburn draw

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Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has slammed referee Jeremy Simpson after his side’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship last night.

Danny Graham had fired the visiting Rovers into an early lead but it was Andre Ayew who levelled soon after. Tom Carroll was shown a second yellow card after the break and so to was Rovers’ Bradley Dack, and both sides held out for a credible point.

The Swans though were denied what looked to be two penalty decisions in the second-half – the first when the ball struck the hand of Dack and the second when Ryan Nyambe appeared to foul Swansea’s Sam Surridge inside the penalty area.

Speaking about Simpson to Wales Online last night, Cooper said that he’ll ‘probably be refereeing in the Conference’ after his performance:

“I’ve seen the penalty decision back for handball and it’s just a massive error from the referee. He knew it hit his hand – he has said that to me – and his hand isn’t next to him, it’s out.

“I get it if there are loads of players around him, but it’s travelled 15 yards before it’s hit his hand – he is going to be embarrassed when he sees it back on TV and on Sky. He’ll probably be refereeing in the Conference now.”

This is the second time in less than a week that Simpon’s refereeing has been scrutinised in the Championship – Fulham’s Scott Parker was the man at the weekend who laid into Simpson, who waved away what looked a certain penalty late on in Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Bristol City.

“He’s made four major decisions and he’s got them fundamentally wrong,” continued Cooper. “Sam Surridge gets pulled down and, anywhere else on the pitch, it’s a penalty.

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“He was nervous. I was very respectable afterwards because I knew he was uncomfortable with his night. He’s a professional and I want him to progress, but we have to be honest and unfortunately he’s going to get marked down.”

The draw means Swansea are now winless in six Championship fixtures and have only mustered 15 points from their last 15 games, dropping down to 11th in the process.
The verdict
Refereeing is often a topic of debate in football and Simpson has had a bit of a nightmare week. First it was Parker calling for VAR to be introduced to the Championship and now Cooper predicting Simpson’s National League future.
A draw for Swansea though was probably the fairest result on the night – again they looked a bit toothless at times and Cooper has a lot to work on in the run-in to New Year.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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