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Sousa: Referee Forced Me To Put Idrizaj Back On

Sousa: Referee Forced Me To Put Idrizaj Back On

Paulo Sousa says the referee forced him to put Besian Idrizaj back onto the pitch to avoid last night's match being abandoned.

Swansea City were down to just 7 men in yesterday's Carling Cup tie, 3 players were sent off and Dobbie went off with a rib injury.

Idrizaj was struggling with a knock before the end of the game and it was obvious he couldn't carry on playing. He also has a history of heart problems and has fainted twice during a football match. Therefore, Paulo Sousa thought it was safest to bring him off.

However, the referee forced Sousa to put Idrizaj back on the pitch to avoid him abandoning the game.

Sousa told the Evening Post:

'The referee forced us to put him back on,'

'Besian has not played for one year,'

'He has had some problems with his heart and we only wanted to play him for 15 minutes. He then had a problem with his knee.

'I didn't want the game abandoned.'

'I don't like to speak about referees — everyone can see what happened and I need to be careful.

'I could say some words and get punished. I don't want to talk about the reds, I will say only that we may appeal them depending on what the referee's report says.

'But we have been provoked and we reacted in a bad way. We try to play football and the players who want to play football need to be protected.

'Our opponents were smart — you cannot be provoked all the time and be kicked all the time without a yellow card or a foul.

'The penalty was a good decision, but it's the other problems we saw from the beginning that I would like everyone to write about.

'We would be happy to have that referee again if he has better day. Everyone has a bad day.'

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Date:Wednesday August 26 2009
Time: 12:12PM


Got heart problems and has fainted twice on a pitch another great signing just like Lopez NOOOOOOOOT Wouldn't blame Bodde if he went this is farcical now F*****G S**T
26/08/2009 14:39:00
what the hell are you on about lopez is a gd signing only played 2 games and your already judging u t*at idrizaj's heart is fine didnt play much yday and again think u now everything and judge do us all a favour and keep ur opinions to ur self the way s****horpe were playin yday no wonder are players were hurt so keep ur opinons to ur self and let sousa do his job because he nows wot hes doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
26/08/2009 16:58:00
shut up taylor you negative****. lopez will prove to be a great signing and idrizaj had loads of potential at liverpool but his medical problems are behind him now and he'll be good for us. stop talking ***** and support the club.
26/08/2009 17:39:00
Lopez cannot string a pass together you pair of *********s seen him play three times now and calling him average is a compliment as for our attack don't get me started i pay my money and i am entitled to my opinion if you don't like it then F***K OFF
26/08/2009 18:35:00
You couldn't have gone down last night then and watched Lopez, he was good in the 2nd half and he's only played a few games, give him a ******** chance is it. i bet you're one of the idiots who wants sousa out after 4 league games.
26/08/2009 18:45:00
its d i c k heads like you who shouldnt bother payin to come down go and watch cardiff you pr i ck
26/08/2009 18:51:00
oooohhhhhh trouble at camp lol
27/08/2009 21:19:00
Whatever Thomas you knob your the one predicting an easy win against a ***** side like Scunthorpe and what happened we lost it simply is not good enough Sousa was not my choice but i'm behind him i aint that fickle see what you have done bluebirdlewis has piped up again maybe you should arrange to meet sonds like you him and steffiejo would get on well KNOB JOCKEYS
27/08/2009 21:30:00
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