David Artell expects to receive a fine for leaving his technical area in the wake of Wycombe Wanderers' second goal against his Crewe Alexandra side on Saturday. Wycombe’s striker Adebayo Akinfenwa blatantly controlled the ball with his upper arm in the build up to Nathan Tyson’s goal and an incensed Artell made his feelings known to the referee and the fourth official.
In the end, the controversial goal cost Crewe at least a point against the Chairboys, and Artell was hugely frustrated that we had nothing to show against one of the promotion chasing pack.
The Crewe Alexandra boss met with the officials after the game to put his point of view across in a controlled manner, but he has revealed that the Football Association have written to him about his conduct.
David explained: “I went to see the referee and the officials afterwards and it was fine. I don’t go in ranting and raving. I just wanted an explanation because the whole stadium saw the handball. It wasn’t a difficult one and it cost us something from the game.
“He said he was in a good position to see it and didn’t see it. If he is a good position and didn’t see a ball travel 60 yards and see it land of Akinfenwa’s arm and him spin it on his finger then what chance have you got?
“I’ve got a letter from the FA because I left my technical area. There is no excuse from me. I did leave the technical area and I expect a fine. Meanwhile, the referee gets away with one and goes to his next game.
“It wasn’t a good weekend for referees at our level. There was the handball in our game and he has disallowed one right at the end and then let them take the free kick by the penalty spot. If there was a foul it had to be in the six-yard box for a start.
“Billy Kee has punched one in for Accrington and the officials have got to see that and Kahn was sent off for Yeovil after confronting the referee after he failed to see one of the most obvious shirt pulls you will ever see.
The boss added: “You don’t get much joy when you go and see them. You just have to shrug your shoulders and get on with it.”