Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has told BBC Radio Nottingham that he’s not happy with the EFL after last night’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
The Reds can no longer pip the Cherries to automatic promotion and must now prepare for the lottery of the play-offs.
Marinakis wasn’t happy that a crucial decision went against Forest; admitting that the club has written several letters to the EFL about the standard of officiating.
Furthermore, Colin Fray has explained that Marinakis told him that he wasn’t happy that the EFL didn’t back the club over their frustration at the original trip to Bournemouth being postponed.
Last night’s scorer Kieffer Moore was one of a number of players unavailable for that game through injury; with the Cherries citing structural damage to the stadium on the back of a storm.
Marinakis is keen to stress his frustration and a desire to see a fair referee and federation so that the game can be played to a fair conclusion.
In a final dig, it’s claimed by Fray that Marinakis feels that promotion was snatched away from Forest last night by some dreadful decisions.
Marinakis didn’t want to be interviewed by Fray for the radio but he was keen to get his messages out there for the world to hear.
Marinakis not happy with the EFL and Forest owner makes big points
Last night wasn’t the first time Forest found themselves with an axe to grind over the standard of officials.
The fact it was a Premier League team of officials made the mistakes all the more difficult to fathom; with Marinakis making some fair points.
For whatever reason, Forest have had some shockers this season. Clearly, the Reds aren’t the only ones to experience this but more accountability is required.
For context, Stuart Attwell and the assistant referee who got last night’s big calls wrong will get a Premier League game at the weekend. Manchester City v Newcastle awaits for the pair and frankly, that sends out a shocking message.
Forest owner Marinakis is right to show his frustrations but it’s impossible to expect anything to happen any time soon.
The Reds must dust themselves down quickly in preparation for the play-offs.