SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Miguel Liera must calm down after ‘stupid’ booking

Excitable: Miguel Llera
Excitable: Miguel Llera

SHEFFIELD Wednesday centre-half Miguel Llera may have escaped further punishment after his incident with referee Andre Marriner on Saturday.

Llera, who scored and conceded a penalty in the 3-2 defeat against Bristol City at Hillsborough, was alleged to have put his hands on Marriner as he remonstrated with the official after Rodri’s last minute lob looked like it had been blocked by Robins’ defender Richard Foster’s hand.

While Llera and other Owls players were confronting Marriner the ball had been played back into the penalty area and Gary Madine lashed it home. However, the referee had already blown for dissent against Llera and booked the Spaniard for his protests.

It left many wondering why, if Llera had man-handled the referee, he hadn’t been sent off.

Any incidents from the referee’s match report that require further action by the Football Association are usually explained to the club by Monday afternoon.

The Star understands that Wednesday hadn’t heard anything by close of business yesterday. Llera could have escaped official sanctions but it’s likely that Owls manager Dave Jones will have had a discussion with the player to keep a lid on his emotions.

A favourite with Wednesdayites for his passion, no nonsense style and ability to pop up with a goal at set pieces, Llera has been told to calm down by Jones.

He said after the match: “If Miguel’s pushed him then that’s the stupidity of it. Miguel says he didn’t push him. If Miguel hasn’t pushed him then the referee has made a decision that I have never seen before in football.

“He (the referee) misses the penalty, it’s a clear penalty, the ball’s going in the back of the net. He says he didn’t see it, but the linesman has to see it. It’s just one of many things that he didn’t see.

“But Miguel should have carried on playing. The ball was still alive - he’s (the referee) not going to change his mind. Miguel got really excited because he scored a great goal and then gave a penalty away. Just calm down. He’s experienced enough, he’s 33 years of age. Just calm down.

“That’s what happens sometimes when you’re down there. You just have to turn that luck around.”

The booking was Llera’s sixth of the season. If he receives 10 by the second Sunday in April he’ll be banned for two matches.