Maggs slams referees over Hector red cards

county times - footy - Horsham v Billericay
county times - footy - Horsham v Billericay

HORSHAM manager John Maggs said referees are ‘destroying’ on loan defender Michael Hector after his third dismissal.

The Reading youngster, who will be with the Hornets for another two weeks, was first sent off in December, and then received two red cards in successive games last week in Horsham’s defeats to Harrow Borough and Concord Rangers.

Hector was sent off for two bookable offences against Concord during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat, one yellow card was for handball and the other for a high foot, and Maggs says all three of the controversial decisions have eroded Hector’s confidence.

“In our league, referees are like that,” the boss said.

“At Hastings for his first one, the where the guy headbutted him and he gave a little push and sent off for two yellows that day. The other sending off (against Harrow) was not for me because the lad was offside - it is a sending off but what comes first, the offside?

“The officials are destroying the lad, I have had to put my arm around him, he is distraught, he goes back to Reading and they are going to ask what it’s all about.

“It does not look good on our club as it does not look like we are disciplining him, and it’s all because people in the middle cannot handle it.”