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Moyes critical of extra officials

Everton manager David Moyes has hit out at the effectiveness of the two new goalline officials being trialled in this season's Europa League.

Moyes was unhappy that Louis Saha was sent off for raising his hands to an AEK Athens player during his side's 4-0 win and claims Saha was fouled first.

"It was a ridiculous kick - the boy [Juanfran] has on Louis," said Moyes.

"It is amazing they [the officials] see the small arm but don't see the big kick - even with the extra officials."

The extra officials stand behind the two goallines on the other side from the assistant referees running the touchlines.


They have been introduced in an attempt to improve officiating in and around the penalty area, but Moyes believes their failure to see the kick he claimed was aimed at Saha was "really poor".

"We hope they get more decisions right than wrong and I didn't think the referee had an awful lot of big decisions to make tonight, but I think one of those he missed was the initial incident," added Moyes.

"We need to do everything we can to help the referees but if he was helped in the Louis Saha case then I think he was wrong."

Moyes also criticised the AEK Athens players for spending a lot of time on the floor.

"Tonight was strange. British supporters and teams are not used to seeing players being on the ground so often," said Moyes.

"I've always said the one thing we have to cut out of football is diving, that is the biggest thing in football that is wrong at the moment."

AEK coach Dusan Bajevic said he was not surprised by Everton's strength but stressed his side would improve after this result.

"We expected Everton to be strong at set-pieces and the first two goals were from set-pieces," he said.

"The third goal just finished us off. I am confident that this heavy defeat, along with the difficult fixtures coming up, will make AEK stronger. We will forget this result and carry on."

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