Martinez not calling Riley

7 Mar

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he will not be seeking a second meeting with ref supremo Mike Riley as “there is little point”.


Everton: Martinez not calling RileyEverton: Martinez not calling Riley

Martinez was left fuming on Saturday after seeing Kevin Mirallas sent off following a second booking but it was his first yellow card, issued for diving, which left Martinez incensed.

The Catalan boss called the decision to issue the first yellow card as “picky” but says, despite another refereeing performance which left him angry, he would not be putting another call into Riley.

“No, I don’t think it’s worth it (speaking to Riley again),” Martinez said.”I don’t think you get anything back from it. What we need to do is work hard as a team, learn a painful lesson, get stronger from it. I think Saturday is not the fact of the performance of the referee.

“The first yellow card is not something you want to see. I don’t want to see a West Ham player being booked in that manner, you don’t get any real pleasure or benefit of the referee applying the laws in that manner.”

Martinez held a meeting with Riley after two controversial games against Chelsea and Manchester City in January but has always kept details of their meeting private.

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