'It's one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen': Ipswich Town winger slams this big Sunderland call
Ipswich Town winger Alan Judge has slammed the decision to award Sunderland a late penalty as ‘one of the worst decisions’ he’s seen in his career
Grant Leadbitter converted from the spot late on to seal the points, but Judge and his teammates were left aggrieved after what they felt was a controversial decision – after referee Peter Wright adjudged that Mark McGuinness had handled the ball.
Asked how he felt about the decision, the winger said: “Angry. I don’t know if you’ve seen the penalty back but it’s probably one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen.
“Mark’s not even looking at it and it’s just one of those where it’s hit him.
"I was pretty sure the rule got changed after handballs were given quite early [in the season]. In my eyes that’s not a penno and a lot of the Sunderland players said that themselves.”
Judge also questioned the decision to show Andre Dozzell a straight red card for a foul on Grant Leadbitter.
"I was a lot closer to it,” he said.
"I think Dozzer was pushed, I don’t think it’s a red card. I can see maybe why he gave it, but I don’t think it was a red card.
“I think there was a foul initially on Dozzer and the momentum’s took him through. He’s won the ball, maybe his foot slid over the top of the ball but he hasn’t gone in there with any malice whatsoever.
“It’s funny though, they got away with clipping Gwion [Edwards] and Teddy [Bishop] about 20 times in the game and not one yellow card until the last five minutes for Leadbitter.”
Meanwhile, one of Sunderland’s League One rivals have seen their manager depart for pastures new.
Richie Wellens has swapped Swindon Town for Salford City, signing a contract until 2023.
He told the club website: “It’s a Club that everybody takes great interest in because of the profile of the Club, it’s a Club on the up and I’m a manager that wants to win games.
"Coming to Salford is an opportunity to win week in, week out, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to take the Club to where they want to be.”