Oxford United manager Karl Robinson calls for referee Ollie Yates to be sacked after defeat at Gillingham

Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has called for referee Ollie Yates to be sacked after his side’s late defeat at Gillingham on Saturday.

Yates waved away Oxford’s penalty appeal after Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy appeared to foul Jerome Sinclair in the 54th minute.

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Karl Robinson was infuriated with referee Ollie Yates

Brandon Hanlan netted the only goal of the game with one minute remaining as the U’s dropped back into the League One relegation zone.

And Robinson’s post-match comments are likely to land him in hot water with the Football Association.

He said: “It’s an embarrassment, it really is. The referee will get away with it, he’ll referee again next week. He was poor. Get rid of him, sack him. Managers get sacked, why can’t referees be sacked?

“We’ve had him three times now – he’s been horrendous in all three. I want our players to be honest, I want them to have a bit of class and dignity, but it doesn’t get you anywhere with these referees unfortunately.

“The penalty we should have had for the foul on Jerome Sinclair is one of the worst I’ve never been given.

“Look, the penalty for them was a penalty (which Gillingham missed) – he (Rob Dickie) got caught in the wind – but their goalkeeper pushes Jerome first and then when he goes to claim it he pushes him again.”

Oxford are one point from safety in League One with ten games to go.

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