McCarthy not seeking retrospective punishment for Loovens’ nasty tackle on McGoldrick

Ipswich Town's David McGoldrick was on the end of a nasty tackle by Glenn Loovens. Picture: Sky Spor

Ipswich Town's David McGoldrick was on the end of a nasty tackle by Glenn Loovens. Picture: Sky Sports - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is ‘absolutely not’ seeking retrospective punishment for Sheffield Wednesday defender Glenn Loovens following his nasty challenge on David McGoldrick on Wednesday night.

Loovens raked his studs down the front of McGoldrick in the opening exchanges of the 2-2 draw at Portman Road, referee Keith Stroud played advantage and then subsequently only gave the visiting skipper a talking to.

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McGoldrick was eventually withdrawn at half-time, yesterday underwent surgery on a four-inch wound to his groin and is set to be sidelined for a month.

McCarthy labelled it an ‘appalling’ challenge after the game and bemoaned a ‘non-decision’ from the officials.

Asked if he felt the FA should take retrospective action on the foul, the Blues boss said: “The referee didn’t do anything about it (at the time).

“It wasn’t an elbow, it wasn’t a violent stamp, it wasn’t anything like that. Glenn Loovens tried to go in for the ball, he was too slow and missed it. He caught Didzy and I have no problem with that at all because that’s the game.

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“I’m not looking for retrospective punishment. Absolutely not. But it should have been dealt with on the day.”

While McCarthy had a good view of Loovens’ tackle on Wednesday night, midfielder Emyr Huws’ view of the challenge was obscured by a jumping Terry Connor as he sat on the substitutes bench.

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But, having seen the tackle back, the Welsh midfielder has wished his team-mate well in his recovery.

“It was a shocking challenge,” Huws said.

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“I couldn’t really see it from the bench because I had TC (Terry Connor) jumping in front of me but I saw it back and it’s a straight red every day of the week.

“Hopefully it’s not too bad and it’s just a case of him healing up because Didz has been on fire as well.

“They are talking about reviewing dives and everything now so I don’t see why you shouldn’t review a bad tackle, because you only need to look at it once and it’s a red card.”

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