DERRY CITY: Managers disagree on Schubert sending off at Tallaght

CONTROVERSIAL . . . Lukas Schubert of Derry City is sent off by referee Graham Kelly during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City at Tallaght Stadium.
CONTROVERSIAL . . . Lukas Schubert of Derry City is sent off by referee Graham Kelly during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City at Tallaght Stadium.

Derry boss, Kenny Shiels and Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley had differing interpretations of Lukas Schubert’s sending off at Tallaght.

The Austrian was handed a second yellow card on 71 minutes for time-wasting as he kicked the ball away when it ran out of play behind the Rovers’ net.

And while Shiels claimed the decision from match referee, Graham Doyle ‘beggars belief’, his opposite number insisted City’s makeshift right back ‘had to go’.

“The referee is a good referee but he’s only human and can make mistakes and he made mistakes tonight,” said Shiels. “Unfortunately a high volume of the mistakes he made were in favour of the home team.

“But you don’t send a player off for sprinting on to a ball. It’s different if he’s kicked it away to waste time. He’s run on to the ball and it’s just out of play and he tries to cross it and the referee sends him off.

“It really beggars belief why he has ascertained this kid has kicked it away. He didn’t kick it away, he tried to cross the ball.”

I know Kenny (Shiels) was moaning but, Kenny moans doesn’t he? It’s a sending off!

Stephen Bradley

Rovers boss, Bradley, however, seen the incident from a different perspective.

“He’s on a yellow card and kicks the ball 40 yards,” said Bradley. “If the ref is refereeing the game properly then it’s a sending off.

“I know Kenny is saying it’s harsh but if you’re on a yellow card and you kick the ball away it’s very naive. You should just leave the ball and run away.

“I know Kenny was moaning but, Kenny moans doesn’t he? It’s a sending off,” he stressed. “He kicks the ball 40 yards what do you want the ref to do? You can’t ignore it. It’s not as if he kicked it four yards - he had to go.”