Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu wants referees to be punished for poor decisions after Fernando Forestieri's controversial red card

Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls' top goalscorer was sent off in the club's recent game with Hull.

Atdhe Nuhiu believes that referees should be punished for poor decisions in the wake of the controversial red card that was shown to his Sheffield Wednesday teammate Fernando Forestieri recently, the Sheffield Star reports.

The striker was dismissed during the Owls' goalless draw with Hull last month after Tim Robinson gave him a second yellow for diving, despite there appearing to be contact in the challenge which led to the red. And ahead of the 26-year-old's return from suspension, Nuhiu insisted that it was the wrong decision, and that it highlights a major flaw in the game. 

"We all know that Fernando is a key player for our team. I'm happy he is back," he told the Star.

"It wasn't right what happened to Fernando.

"If a player makes a mistake or gets sent off for two yellow cards, there's nothing that can be done. If a referee makes a mistake, nobody talks about it. It is not seen as a problem. They don't get punished."

The frustration over Forestieri's dismissal was compounded during the two-game suspension that the club's top goalscorer had to serve, as Carlos Carvalhal's side lost to Rotherham and drew with Brighton, and failed to score in either game.

That return of just one point from a possible six opened the door for the cluster of sides chasing Wednesday for a place in the top six in the Championship, and while Forestieri's involvement would not have necessarily meant that they would have had any more luck, it did arguably confirm how unfair it was that the former Watford man's wrongful sending off had a further knock-on effect. 

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