Sheffield Wednesday fans slam MK Dons referee, but not over Wallace red card

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Sheffield Wednesday were held to a goalless draw by struggling MK Dons and had Ross Wallace sent off by referee Peter Bankes.

Sheffield Wednesday fans are struggling to get their heads around referee Peter Bankes' display in Tuesday's goalless draw against Milton Keynes Dons.

Bankes brandished four yellow cards and one red in the direction of Owls players and required an escort upon leaving the Hillsborough pitch.

But it wasn't the latter decision - to dismiss Ross Wallace for lashing out at Jonny Williams - which had Wednesdayites' knickers in a twist.

Seconds earlier, Bankes had booked Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri for an alleged dive which television replays later proved was far from the case.

With Forestieri serving quickfire one and two-match bans in February and March for similarly incorrect decisions, Owls fans, management and players alike have grown tired of the Italian's unfair reputation for deceit.

Those on the pitch were incensed by Bankes' decision - which even Karl Robinson, the Dons' boss, admitted was 'disgusting' - leading to tensions boiling over and Wallace being given his marching orders, although few could have any complaints about that.

But Bankes was the scourge of Sheffield Wednesday once more in the dying seconds, when Forestieri was brought down - seemingly illegally - as he entered the box. Goal kick given.

Such was the level of disbelief on the Wednesday bench that the previously unflappable Carlos Carvalhal, stormed straight down the tunnel and left his assistant in charge of post-match media duties.

Unsurprisingly, the head coach's feelings were echoed by those on Twitter...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch