Martinez gets apology over Chelsea goals

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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has received an apology from referees' chief Mike Riley following his side's controversial defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

Martinez claimed his relegation-threatened side were "robbed" as Chelsea struck twice from apparently offside positions to secure a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.

He has since spoken to Riley, of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, over the matter and says the body accept mistakes were made. "He just said he understands that at the level of refereeing in this league, they should get that call right," the Spaniard said.

He went on: "I think that is a very honourable way to face mistakes. We are all capable of making mistakes and it is about how you react to them."

Martinez was strong in his criticism of the officials after the game, branding the performance of assistant Dave Bryan "disgusting".

It has been suggested he could face action from the Football Association over his comments, but Martinez does not expect that to happen.

He said: "I think they praised me because they were quite surprised I held myself back and I was so respectful."

Bryan, who allowed goals for Branislav Ivanovic and Juan Mata to stand, has since been stood down from Monday's game between Blackburn and Liverpool.

Martinez said: "I think we all know mistakes happen, I am the first one to accept that. The problem is when you get two calls in two similar situations, and one of them is so clear, knowing the experience of the linesman - it is really tough to take.

"We are not looking to get people punished - anything retrospective to the event - but unfortunately we were stopped from getting the reward we deserved. It is a difficult place to go for a positive result. We need to accept on this occasion we weren't lucky enough to get the result. There were calls you expect to get right at our level."

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