The controversial late decision which helped send Doncaster Rovers out of the FA Youth Cup was made by a director of the opposition club, it has been revealed.
Rovers’ U18s exited the Youth Cup after a 1-0 extra time defeat at Carlisle United.
They were denied an equaliser and a chance to take the game to penalties with two minutes to go when Will Longbottom’s header was ruled out for offside – a decision hotly disputed by the Rovers camp.
And add further controversy, the call came from stand-in assistant referee Steve Pattison, who happens to be a Carlisle director.
Match referee Rebecca Welch was forced off with an ankle injury during the second half with an appeal going out for a qualified official.
Sunday league referee Pattison volunteered and, after a slight delay, took his position running the line.
The coaches of both sides agreed the game should continue with a stand-in official rather than being postponed. According to the Carlisle News and Star, it is unclear whether either new the stand-in was a director of the Cumbrians.
The Star approached Doncaster Rovers for a comment on the issue but was told no one was available to provide one.