U's defender's red card blast

COLCHESTER United defender Phil Ifil was sent off in controversial fashion as the U's slid closer to the relegation trap door tonight.Ifil was flashed the red card after just 14 minutes for what referee Pat Miller deemed to be violent conduct on Hull striker Fraizer Campbell.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United defender Phil Ifil was sent off in controversial fashion as the U's slid closer to the relegation trap door tonight.

Ifil was flashed the red card after just 14 minutes for what referee Pat Miller deemed to be violent conduct on Hull striker Fraizer Campbell.

And Campbell took full advantage. The Manchester United loanee bagged a brace, scoring in the 20th and 33rd minutes, and although Kevin Lisbie halved the deficit with his 14th goal of the season, Tigers substitute Caleb Folan secured victory late on.


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Adam Virgo was incensed with the decision to send off his fellow defender. He blasted: “I can't believe that he was sent off. The gaffer (Geraint Williams) went in to see the referee at half-time, and was told that Phil [Ifil] had been sent off for violent conduct.

“But I had a good view of it. The lad [Campbell] just ran across Phil. Their legs were caught up and he didn't deliberately trip him up, nor was he the last man.

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“It was a very strange decision. I thought the referee's performance was later summed up when Johnnie Jackson committed a foul, only for Matt Heath to be booked!

“Things have not been going for us, and lady luck has not been shining on us. It's looking bleaker and bleaker with every match, but we're staying positive,” added Virgo.

However, Hull manager Phil Brown gave a different slant on this decisive moment. He said: “The referee did his job. Their lad was not the last man. Instead, he was sent off for the challenge, which was malicious and could have caused Fraizer [Campbell] a serious injury. He lashed out at him.”

U's boss Geraint Williams was reluctant to talk about the sending-off.

He explained: “It looked like they just ran across each other, though the referee has a different point of view.”

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