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Gus Poyet angered as Brighton fined by FA

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet led Brighton to the League One title last season

Brighton manager Gus Poyet is to complain about the treatment his side are getting from referees in the wake of receiving an FA charge.

The Seagulls have been fined £15,000 and severely censured following an incident in last month's 3-0 South Coast derby defeat by Southampton.

Brighton had denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

Having amassed 49 yellow cards and two reds this season, the Seagulls have the worst Championship disciplinary record.

"I'm getting a bit fed up," said Poyet, in response to five more yellow cards in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Middlesbrough. "It's absolutely embarrassing what's happening with the yellow cards.

"It's time to have a strong word with the Referees' Association," he told BBC Sussex.

Poyet's Seagulls have already suffered four suspensions this season.

As well as veteran Brighton defender Mauricio Taricco's sending off for disputing the first of two Southampton penalties in that controversial 3-0 defeat at St Mary's on 19 November, Marcos Painter has also been red carded, while Lewis Dunk and Inigo Calderon have both clocked up five bookings.

The Sussex side currently have five players just one caution away from suspension.

Dunk is now on nine bookings, while Gordon Greer, Liam Bridcutt, Alan Navarro and Craig Noone have all collected four.

Noone was one of five men shown a yellow card in Saturday's defeat at Middlesbrough, refereed by Mike Naylor, which triggered Poyet's comments.

The one who pays the price is me, or one of my players. It's not fair

Gus Poyet

"We went past two full-backs in the first 20 minutes and they grabbed our winger from behind," said the Seagulls boss.

"In the rules it's a yellow card, but they didn't get it.

"It was one-sided and it was too many. I'm really worried about it.

"The one who pays the price is me, or one of my players. It's not fair."

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see also
Middlesbrough 1-0 Brighton
12 Dec 11 |  Championship
Southampton 3-0 Brighton
21 Nov 11 |  Championship
Lack of technique concerns Poyet
15 Nov 11 |  Brighton

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