Koeman blasts Europa League referee after Everton jibe

Date published: Monday 23rd October 2017 10:25

Ronald Koeman has hit out at a Europa League referee who mocked Everton in midweek.

Everton were beaten 2-1 by Lyon on Thursday, leaving them rooted to the bottom of their Europa League group.

The Toffees were frustrated at not being given enough stoppage time to rescue a late result against the French side, with Koeman confronting referee Bas Nijhuis after the game.

Nijhuis opened up on the situation at the weekend, stating that Koeman “wanted ten minutes” of stoppage time.

“Then I said, ‘If we’d had 15 minutes you wouldn’t have scored’,” the Dutchman added.

“He didn’t like that and then walked away. I just added time, no problem. He has to save his own back, but to blame the referee…”

Koeman has reacted angrily following yet another defeat, this time to Arsenal.

“I think that’s the worst. That does not fit his referee role,” he told De Telegraaf.

“I would say, go into your container, whistle your matches and do nothing else.

“These people have to sell books. I think it’s very low.”

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