ROTHERHAM UNITED: Ref Roger East used foul language to my player - Steve Evans

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ROTHERHAM United manager Steve Evans has claimed that one of his players alleged that Premier League referee Roger East spoke abusively to him (the player) during Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Dagenham.

“The player, who I won’t name, came to the bench and told us what had been said to him by the referee,” said Evans. “To say we were surprised is an understatement.

“This is a player who hasn’t had a bad word to say about anybody while I’ve been here and here he is making this claim. I was unhappy about the comments said to have been made by the referee to one of my players.

“The allegation is one of foul and abusive language by the referee and if I’d used the words I was told he used, then I’d be up in front of the FA. It’s not right.”

He said the fourth official was aware of the allegation and he walked off alongside Evans at half-time, the pair talking all the way, as they made their way to the dressing rooms which are behind one goal.

Evans said that he asked the referee afterwards to include the complaint in his match report and, if that was the case, then he expected the FA to contact the player involved and the club.

The Millers boss said he wasn’t bringing it up to deflect away from the result or his side’s performance.

“That was a bad performance, we didn’t turn up and that surprised me,” he said.

“The first goal was a shambles and we had a number of players not performing. We can all run but it is how quick and how fast you run.”

Rotherham are at home to third-placed Cheltenham next Saturday with defender Craig Morgan an early doubt with an ankle injury.

On Wednesday the reserves entertain Tranmere at Parkgate (2pm).