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Gills boss to make official complaint

Referee Mick Thorpe sends off Sean Clohessy in the final minutes. Picture: MATTHEW WALKER
Referee Mick Thorpe sends off Sean Clohessy in the final minutes. Picture: MATTHEW WALKER

GILLINGHAM boss Mark Stimson will file a complaint about the match officials at Brighton on Tuesday night after slamming their performance.

Stimson felt that referee Mick Thorpe and his two assistants Ian Bentley and Will Bull played a key role as the Gills dropped back into the League 1 relegation zone after losing 4-2 at Brighton.

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Defenders Garry Richards and Sean Clohessy both saw red as the Gills finished the game with nine men.

"We got beat by somebody who made some big decisions, and made the wrong decisions," said Stimson.

"I’ve got to now sit down with the secretary and write a five or six-page report. I don’t want to do it but I’ve got to and hopefully the people above will read it, have a look at the video and his (Thorpe’s) performance, because it’s just not good enough.

"I’ve been frustrated at a few games this season but nowhere as much as that one."

The Gillingham manager quizzed the linesman during the match and was shocked with the answer he received.

Stimson said: "I asked the linesman if he had watched the games over the weekend and he told me he hadn’t watched any. I’m a manager and I watch every game of football possible to try and learn from people.

"If you’re an official surely you must do the same. He actually admitted to me he hadn’t watched any football at the weekend. That is the type of people we’re dealing with.

"I know it’s a fast and furious game and they can’t get every decision right, but when people like that admit to you that they are not watching football matches what chance have we got? I only learn from my peers at the top who I want to be like and I’m sure officials should do exactly the same."

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