Bees blast for official

Barnet assistant boss Ulrich Landvreugd accused referee Kevin Johnson of not keeping his word during today’s Skrill Premier clash against Luton at Kenilworth Road.

Alex Lawless makes a clearance against Barnet
Alex Lawless makes a clearance against Barnet

The game only went ahead after a pitch inspection just 15 minutes before kick off and conditions worsened considerably during the second period.

Johnson called both captain’s together on the hour mark, but just as it looked he would call a halt to proceedings, opted to play on as Hatters went on to win 2-1.

Speaking to the Barnet & Potters Bar times, Landvreugd said: “The game shouldn’t have gone ahead.

“The referee said at the beginning of the game ‘even it is in the 80th minute, if the pitch is poor I will cancel the game’.

“But he didn’t keep his word. So that was a little bit disappointing.

“I can see from Luton’s point of view because they are winning 2-0 but when the referee stopped it on 60 minutes then he had to cancel the game because you couldn’t play on it.”

On the discussion that took place between Johnson and the two skippers, Landvreugd continued: “He said he would give it five minutes but then that became half an hour.

“He said after five minutes that he would give it another five minutes and then it got too late to cancel the game.

“I don’t know why it wasn’t stopped. Maybe because it was on television? I don’t know.

“He could have started the game hoping the rain would stop but it kept raining and the ball wasn’t rolling.

“That is the rule. If the ball is no longer rolling or bouncing then you have to stop it.”

On the game itself, Landvreugd added: “The first 20 minutes the pitch wasn’t good but the ball was still rolling. But after one minute we were behind and that must not happen.

“I think after a few minutes we came into the game but they have scored a good second goal. They were a little bit cleverer than us with the pitch. They played the ball into the corners and ran on to it.

“We were better in the second half but when we tried to counter through Keanu (Marsh-Brown) sometimes the ball was rolling and other times it was stopping.

“So at that point it had nothing to do with football anymore.”

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