Holloway: Let's turn Selhurst Park into an intimidating arena to influence referees - just like Old Trafford (From This Is Local London)
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Holloway: Let's turn Selhurst Park into an intimidating arena to influence referees - just like Old Trafford
Following the injustices of Old Trafford, Palace host Swansea on Sunday in the Premier League with Holloway calling for a little persuasive help from fans should marginal decisions arise.
However, Holloway insisted he did not want his players to dive – calling it disrespectful – but he wanted Palace fans to do what the Manchester United fans did at Old Trafford.
He said that Saturday's referee Jon Moss was under great pressure from the Manchester United fans last weekend to send off Kagisho Dikgacoi for a professional foul, rather than book Ashley Young a second time for simulation.
So now he wants the Palace fans to turn Selhurst Park into an intimidating place so marginal decisions go their way.
He said: “The decision was very clearly wrong – as I said to my wife Sunday morning, imagine the headlines if it had been Man United 0, Palace 2. Carrick sent off for a foul that was not a foul and was not inside the box – it’s not going to happen is it.
“Winning at all costs is not what this sport is all about. I have never dived in my life, you are conning your team-mates and the opposition. It is disrespectful."
He added: “What the ref needs is a fourth official sat in the stand with a monitor, he would have got every decision right within five seconds.
“Even if the ref blows up for the foul, the fourth official can say straight away, it was outside the box, everyone in Old Trafford could see it was outside the box.”
“I want us to make Selhurst Park such a bad place for anyone else to come to, so intimidating on a referee that if there is any margin of doubt on a decision, it has got to go our way because he is scared of our fans."
Standing out: Ian Holloway in the stands at Old Trafford on Saturday SP79011