LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 23 October 2009 45 Cottagers are Hang, drawn anddistraught Red Allaerts: Brede Hangeland cant believe hes been shown a red card by referee Paul Allaerts THERES no such thing as the joy of six as far as Fulhams Brede Hangeland is con- cerned after UEFAs multiple refereeing experiment failed spectacularly at Craven Cottage last night. The Norway defender, who headed Fulham into a first-half lead, was on the wrong end of a case of mistaken identity 14 minutes from time. Despite SIX officials running their collec- tive expert eyes over the game, between them they failed to tell the difference between the 6ft 4ins Norwegian tower of power,andtheconsiderablysmallerStephen Kelly who brought down John Arne Riise for a penalty. Belgian referee Paul Allaerts and Johan Ver- bist -- one of the two extra assistant officials appointed by UEFA to stand on either goalline with specific instruc- tions to watch for inci- dents inside the penalty area -- were particularly culpable. VerbistmadenoattempttocorrectAllaerts, and it was only after a mass protest by the Fulham players that the referee withdrew the red card from Hangeland and instead brandished it at Kelly. To add to the pandemonium inside Craven Cottage,MarkSchwarzerthensavedJeremy Menezs penalty -- but it proved only a stay of execution when Marco Andreollis deflected volley earned Italian giants Roma a scarcely deserved share of the spoils in injury-time. Hangeland was spitting feathers after- wards, claiming Kelly should never have beendismissedandslammedtheexperimen- tal system. It was harsh to give a red card and a pen- alty, Hangeland said. I cant tell you what went through my mind when I was first shown the red card. Asfortheextraofficial,Imabitconfused. Aretheyallowedtohaveanopinioninasitu- ation like that? They should, because this one was two yards away and didnt say anything. He was just standing there. I t s a w a s t e o f resources. Hangelands sense of injustice was shared by his manager Roy Hodg- son, whose side outclassed their illustrious visitors for long periods, before succumbing to a late sucker punch. Hodgson, who must pick his deflated play- ers up ahead of Sundays clash at Manches- ter City, was furious about the penalty. He said: Im not 100 per cent certain there was contact between Kelly and Riise. In fact, I think Kelly worked hard to stay out of the way.CertainlyIcantunderstandthesending off. I would like to have seen the assistant official make it clear to the referee that it wasnt a last-man foul. group E P W D L F A Pts BAsEL 3 2 0 1 4 1 6 FULHAM 3 1 2 0 3 2 5 AsROMA 3 1 1 1 3 3 4 CsKAsOFIA 3 0 1 2 1 5 1 fulham................... 1 as.roma................. 1 EuROPALEAguE,gROuPE RecordthrashingformiserableMoyes EVERTON manager David Moyes saw his injury-hit side take a record 5-0 beating at Benfica and insisted: That was the best team we had tonight. I have got to say, they did the best they could. With 11 players missing for their Europa League clash, Moyes said of his sides worst continental defeat: I have only praise for them. I have said to the players this is a different competition to the Premier League, weve had two wins and one defeat. It is not too bad. Obviously tonights defeat was not what we wanted but I would like to play Benfica with my best side. CELTIC boss Tony Mowbray has warned his players over their futures following the 1-0 Europa League defeat by Hamburg. Mowbray admitted he had to improve the quality of his squad as Celtic slumped to the bottom of Group C after Marcus Berg fired home from 20 yards in the 63rd minute. After yet another home defeat, Mowbray said: It is down to the players to prove that they are good enough to stay at this club. We will try to find the right players of the right quality to lift the team and we are working hard behind the scenes to find those players. europa.round-up. Not what we wanted: Moyes index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html