Angry and disappointed – QPR boss Mark Warburton fumes at referee after defeat to Brentford


Mark Warburton was left angered after the referee decided not to send off Mads Bech Sorensen during Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to Brentford last night.

The defender fouled Dykes just outside the box near the end of the first half but was only brandished a yellow card by Matthew Donohue. Warburton felt Sorensen should have been sent off as he was the last man.

Rangers cancelled out Vitaly Janelt’s 14th-minute opener shortly before the half hour mark, but Ivan Toney headed home the winner to seal three points for the Bees.

Warburton said: “ I’m more than disappointed, and I think everyone in this room knows exactly why I’m disappointed. Anyone who knows the rules of football will know exactly why I’m disappointed.

“It’s a major moment in the game.

“I’ve been told by someone outside that it was shoulder-to-shoulder. If it’s a shoulder-to-shoulder, it’s not a free-kick. You let the ball run through and you play on. Our player [Dykes] was there, before the goalkeeper [David Raya], because the goalkeeper was never going to get to the ball.

“The foul has been given, the free-kick has been given, and it’s the last man. There’s no other decision to give, by the rules of the game, other than a sending off. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to see players sent off, and I understand how hard it is officials. That is one of the easiest calls you ever have to make.

“It changes the game, whereby, we started off well, we’ve given a soft goal away, we’ve responded well. We scored a tremendous equaliser, looked dangerous, Lyndon at the far post, looked a really good team and that has changed the dynamic of the game.

“In the second half we held our own, but again you saw a ludicrous second yellow card being for Todd Kane because of the loudest shout.

“I’m just very disappointed that players give that much effort, show that much quality, for long periods of the game and leave here with nothing courtesy of some very questionable decisions.”

Asked whether Donohue explained his decision, Warburton added: “No. I asked, and, again, I’m trying to be very careful with what I say. Frustrations boil over because you ask a question, you don’t get anything back, you’re told things are going on.

“What’s going on is a major moment being missed in the game.

“I think anyone in the room, who knows the rules of football, can’t disagree with me. Please tell me if I’m wrong.”

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