Swansea's Angel Rangel in blast at referee he feels seeks 'attention'

Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has launched an angry tirade in the direction of Premier League referee Chris Foy.

It is fair to assume that Chris Foy will not be receiving too many Christmas cards from the Swansea region this year.

The Premier League referee is not flavour of the month right now in South Wales, with his actions infuriating the locals again on Sunday.

Fortunately for him, the decision to flash a red card in the direction of Lukasz Fabianksi was made at Upton Park, not the Liberty Stadium - during a 3-1 defeat for Swansea City at the hands of West Ham United.

Emotions continue to run high, though, in the Swans camp as they were forced to head home reflecting on another contentious call which cost them dear.

Foy dismissed their Polish goalkeeper for a challenge on Diafra Sakho, three months after he sent Angel Rangel for an early bath during a top-flight meeting with Sunderland.

Swansea’s Spanish defender feels certain match officials like to be the centre of attention and considers Foy – who has sent off five players in 11 games this season – to be one of the worst culprits.

He told Wales Online: “I don’t agree with the sending off. We know with the history of this referee that he likes giving red cards and that is not good.

“It could have been a red card, but the ball was going wide. ‘Fabs’ came out and probably fouled him, but there was not 100 per cent contact. There was slight contact, sure it was a foul, but the ball is going wide.

“If the referee gives a yellow I don’t think there is any trouble there. Again he was quick enough to show the red card and he got his attention.”

Rangel has taken something of a risk in speaking out against Foy, with it possible that the Football Association could soon be knocking on his door and asking him to explain his comments.

He, along with the rest of the Swansea squad, may feel hard done by, but it is often best to bite your lip and wait for the moment to pass.

Referees are never going to please everyone all of the time, that comes with the territory, and energy wasted on dissecting their performance is going to achieve little in the long run.

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