‘A very stupid rule’: Slaviša Jokanović not happy Fernando Amorebieta will miss next match


Fulham manager Slaviša Jokanović criticised referee Kevin Wright’s decision to send off Fernando Amorebieta in Tuesday’s draw with Leeds.

The Whites took the lead through Tom Cairney’s fourth goal in four games on 17 minutes, before Leeds equalised through a Lewis Cook screamer on 38 minutes.

Amorebieta received a second yellow card in added time for handball, and Jokanović is unhappy that his defender will now miss Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough.

“We are talking about if we can appeal but it’s the rules you cannot appeal two yellow cards,” he said.

“Fernando did not touch the ball with his hand and the referee made a mistake. This rule is very silly.

“I am going to lose the player for the next game because the possibility does not exist for an appeal in this situation.

“I cannot change the rules but it is a very stupid rule and that is it.”

The draw leaves Fulham in 18th, a place and two points behind Leeds.

Jokanović insisted his side deserved a victory.

“I think we did enough to win the game but this is football and sometimes it happens,” he said.

“It’s good news for us because we showed a different face and a different performance to what we showed last Tuesday night against Blackburn.”

“With this mentality, we can make more chances to win a game. We cannot be happy when we don’t win the game.

“We made a good performance but we weren’t clinical in important moments.

“I try to make some progress and some improvements and I think step-by-step we start to make better things.

“We created many chances, they scored a fantastic goal too. In the end, in my opinion, I believe we played better football than Leeds and we were closer to win the three points.”

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