The DISMISSAL of Rocks’ skipper Sami El-Abd last weekend continued an unwelcome trend for Bognor.
In three of the last four matches, a player has been dismissed for Jack Pearce’s side. With Richard Gilot and Ben Swallow also seeing red since the new year, discipline appears to be a problem.
But anyone around the Rocks’ squad will laugh at such claims.
Pearce said the number of red cards were the most of any team in his 48 years of football – adding the reason ran a lot deeper than individual rash mistakes.
He said: “We haven’t got a nasty bunch of players but the game is going that way. There are more cautions and more sendings off.
“What we have to realise that at our level the FA, quite rightly, is trying to find younger referees to promote to the higher grades.
“You have to expect that they don’t have the experience and that some players will play up to it. If you’ve got players trying to get opponents sent off, and surrounding the referee after incidents, you will get mistakes.
“I don’t get upset, I get frustrated – it has major impact on the game. If you’re on the wrong end as a player, manager and supporter it’s dreadful. You have to take it on the chin.”