Everton's Phil Jagielka stands by saying Martin Atkinson is 'a little bit arrogant'

The Everton defender called Martin Atkinson "a little bit arrogant" after the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City.

Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has refused to retract his comments about referee Martin Atkinson following the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City last month, saying in the Liverpool Echo that he stands by what he said.

Manuel Pellegrini's side beat the Toffees 4-3 on aggregate in the last-four clash, with City scoring a controversial second goal on the night to level the overall score when Atkinson failed to award a goal kick when the ball went out of play in the build-up.

After the match, Jagielka was angry with the non-decision and offered his opinion on the referee, as quoted by the Echo: "I tried to [speak to Atkinson] but he just told me that our defending was brilliant.

"It is difficult when things start going the wrong way and they become a little bit arrogant, but unfortunately that is the way it goes."

Now, with Atkinson set to officiate Everton and Jagielka once more in the FA Cup fifth round tie with Bournemouth on Saturday, the 33-year-old has admitted that he must try to move on from last month's incident.

However, he stood by his suggestion of arrogance from the referee, telling the Echo

"There is nothing much we can do, is there? We’ve had him before and we’ll have him again. I stick by the things I said, especially in a semi-final game, but we’ll get on with it, shake hands and deal with the day.

"He’s been a good ref over the years but I said what I felt after the game and, to be honest, I did well to probably hold most of my emotions back."

Everton's defeat to the Citizens denied them an all-Merseyside clash at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final against neighbours and rivals Liverpool, and what would have been only a second cup final in any competition in the last 20 years.

They must now turn their attention to Saturday's tie against Bournemouth as they look to advance to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the fourth time in five years.

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