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Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson clarifies 'shoot refs' remark

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson clarifies 'shoot refs' remark
From ESPN - January 14, 2018

Darren Ferguson has said controversial comments he made after Doncaster's 1-1 draw against Plymouth were "tongue-in-cheek," stressing that he does not advocate violence against officials.

Rovers were denied a last-minute penalty at the Keepmoat Stadium when James Coppinger was felled in the box, promoting Doncaster boss Ferguson to launch a scathing attack on referee Andy Baines.

The 45-year-old was asked by BBC Radio Sheffield how he would like the Football Association to address the issue and said: "The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling. Their fitness levels are a disgrace, I have had enough of it.

"What can I do? Shoot them, it would be a good idea."

The former Peterborough and Preston boss moved to resolve the matter on Sunday as he apologised for his remarks.

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