Southampton supporters have taken aim at referee Andre Marriner following a handful of controversial decisions in Sunday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Claude Puel’s side suffered a 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane, and plenty of blame has been directed at Marriner, whose performance has been criticised before when officiating a Southampton game.
The 46-year-old was the man in the middle at the EFL Cup final, which saw the Saints have a goal wrongly disallowed for offside.
On the day, Puel’s men went on to lose the Wembley showdown 3-2 and were forced to watch Manchester United lift the crown.
Against Spurs, the Saints were denied a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Dusan Tadic was brought down.
It incensed the fans, particularly as the home side were given a soft penalty in the 33rd minute when Dele Alli hit the ground under a challenge from Steven Davis.
After the game, supporters took to Twitter to criticise Marriner’s performance.
— Steve Goddard (@stevegoddard181) March 19, 2017
— Phil Harries (@fessdoc) March 19, 2017
#saintsfc I thought Andre Marriner's refereeing was all at sea today. Time he walked the plank.
— DJ Williams (@DjwPersonal) March 19, 2017
Next time we get Andre Marriner someone needs to do something. Voodoo, citizen's arrest, civil disobedience, whatever. #Saintsfc
— Tom Williams (@shirleymush) March 19, 2017
Andre Marriner needs to be demoted. Absolute joke and has cost us twice now. But as we're not a big club nothing will get done #saintsfc
— Chris Hall (@chrizzal) March 19, 2017
Andre Marriner loves giving controversial decisions against #saintsfc 2 games running????
— Aydin Osman (@Aydin_Osman96) March 19, 2017
Well done Mariner. I can only assume you won your bet…#SaintsFC
— Jayden Frankling (@J_Frankling) March 19, 2017
— Julian Patel (@Schmoo1408) March 19, 2017
Better team won but its difficult playing against Andre Marriner every week #saintsfc
— Mark Whitfield (@WhitfieldMark) March 19, 2017
2nd half was much better, Forster got his act together, Boufal disappointing. Mariner MOTM, really put his mark on the game. #saintsfc
— Beans (@FullAhBeans) March 19, 2017
— Adrian Doyle (@Saintady) March 19, 2017