ALEX NEIL witnessed one of the most bizarre incidents of his career during Preston’s 3-2 defeat at Wolves.
The Deepdale boss saw his midfielder Alan Browne leave the pitch after receiving a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Remarkably, though, the player had to be summoned back up the tunnel to formally receive a red card from match official Stephen Martin and then leave the field for the second time.
Former Hamilton Accies boss Neil said: “To be honest, it summed up the referee.
“He said he hadn’t actually sent Alan off. What he wanted to do was call him back to show he was in control of the game, which embarrassed him as much as anything else.”
Neil wasn’t happy with the penalty-kick decision that handed the Midlands side their second goal after Ivan Cavaleiro had opened the scoring.
Leo Bonatini netted from the spot after the whistler had adjudged Josh Harrop had fouled Matt Doherty.
The frustrated North End gaffer added: “I thought the penalty was extremely harsh. I have seen it back and there was not much contact.
“Then if you look back at the third goal, our keeper is clearly impeded and the referee chooses to do nothing about it.
“To add insult to injury, at the end of the match there is a melee in the middle of the pitch, two of our players get booked, one gets sent off and one of theirs is booked and we have clear video footage that one of their players elbows Ben Pearson straight in the face.
“I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I am fed up getting bad decisions against us at times.”
The Molineux outfit went 3-0 ahead through another effort from Bonatini before the visitors replied with a header from Jordan Hugill and an own goal from Conor Coady.
Home coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “Three points is important, but what does not leave us totally pleased is our performance. In the first-half, there was too much stopping, too much holding.
“Refereeing is difficult and it is unfair for me to judge all the situations, but what I saw was too much holding on our players.
“He (the ref) must stop this and punish them. It’s football and holding is not part of football.”