Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Sport: Football
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Football 
Cricket 
Rugby Union 
Rugby League 
Tennis 
Golf 
Motorsport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Monday, 31 January, 2000, 11:52 GMT
D'Urso feared Old Trafford pushover

Manchester United players surround D'Urso on Saturday


Referee Andy D'Urso has no plans to include a report of Saturday's fiery penalty incident at Old Trafford, despite fearing he was going to be pushed over by Manchester United players.

A group led by skipper Roy Keane reacted furiously to a spot-kick awarded to Middlesbrough in the Premiership match.

Keane was booked as a crowd of United players, including eventual matchwinner David Beckham, forced D'Urso to retreat away rapidly.

"If I had stood my ground I would have been pushed over," D'Urso told The Mirror.


Bosnich saved the penalty
"The best thing for me to do was just keep backing off and backing off. I felt under pressure."

The official took no further action, and appears unlikely to do so in his report of the game.

"One or two of them were showing their displeasure while a couple were trying to restrain the ones giving me grief. They were obviously not pleased I'd given the penalty.

"I had no doubts it was a penalty. I was clear about that. I saw Stam nick the ball from Juninho but he took his legs at the same time."

Television replays confirmed that he had made the correct decision, while Mark Bosnich saved Juninho's kick.

The absence of anything in D'Urso's report leaves the video footage of the scenes which followed the decision as the only evidence the FA could act on.


Boro's Christian Ziege was also sent off during the game
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried to play down the incident afterwards, claiming his players were just upset because they did not feel it was a foul.

"They obviously didn't think it was a penalty kick," he said.

Boro manager Bryan Robson was also unhappy with D'Urso for sending off Christian Ziege.

Robson questioned Beckham's conduct in the two incidents which earned the German international two cautions and a red card.

He also believed Stam should have faced further censure for denying Juninho a goalscoring opportunity but was not even booked.

"I'm concerned that Christian Ziege got sent off for something that looked harsh - and Jaap Stam, if the ref thought it was a penalty should have sent him off," said the Boro boss.

"I asked that question after the game but the ref just blanked me."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Football Contents

Africa

See also:
30 Jan 00 |  FA Cup
Carbone magic kills off Leeds
30 Jan 00 |  FA Cup
Weah takes Blues into last eight
29 Jan 00 |  FA Carling Premiership
Man Utd take top spot
Links to other Football stories are at the foot of the page.