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Weekend Was A Time For Reflection Following Half Time Red Card

3 January 2022

David Artell admits that he had a period of reflection over the weekend after he was sent to the stands against Burton Albion at the weekend.

The Alex boss was not permitted to take his position on the touchline after he was guilty of contesting some dubious decision in our 4-1 defeat. Artell was frustrated with the two decisions that went against us for Burton’s second and third goal at the Pirelli Stadium and the referee informed him before the restart that he would have to watch the second half from the Directors Box.

The Crewe Alexandra boss told us: “It is something I’ve worked on and am still working on. I have coping strategies that help and on Saturday I didn’t think what I said was offensive. He didn’t like something I said and 15 minutes after half-time, he said I couldn’t go on the touchline.

“Why it was 15 minutes later I don’t know but I know I have to set a better example. I have to be a better leader than I was and there was a lot of reflection on Saturday night and then into Sunday. It was energy I could spent better elsewhere and it is something I can learn from.

“I thought the words I used were reasoned and I did it in a calm way and wasn’t offensive in any way, but the referee saw it differently and it will be interesting to see what the report says.

“I was disappointed in myself because I gave him the opportunity to send me to the stand and he grabbed it with both hands. It is only like a player committing a foul and getting sent off and saying he got a touch on the ball. It still gives the referee a chance to send him off and I cannot give the players that excuse if I am doing similar on the sidelines.”


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