Moyes - Refs must earn respect
David Moyes has admitted being in the wrong at the final whistle of the 3-3 draw with Manchester United.
Last Updated: 17/09/10 9:10pm
Everton manager David Moyes has admitted being in the wrong at the final whistle of the 3-3 draw with Manchester United last weekend.
Moyes was handed an £8,000 fine by the Football Association on Thursday after he had ran onto the pitch to confront referee Martin Atkinson after he blew the final whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal.
The Toffees had scored twice in injury time to restore parity but Moyes was incensed Atkinson had not added on more time, describing it as a 'terrible decision'.
Moyes said: "I was wrong. I shouldn't have run on the pitch.
"One of the things the referees have asked for is respect. They all wear a logo on their sleeves, the clubs do as well.
"But if they want that from the managers they have to earn it.
"You have to get that respect by picking up the phone and apologising at the right moments and if you do that then you start to gain respect."
Meanwhile, the Everton boss has joined in on the debate of tackling in the game and is adamant that it must remain a big part of the game.
He said: "Football's played in many ways and you have to do what you can. I think everybody who plays the game plays within the rules.
"We certainly do and I don't know of any other managers who don't play within the rules.
"Tackling is a big part of the sport. We mustn't let tackling get taken out of the game.
"We have to recognise a bad tackle but I'd be more interested in eradicating diving than tackling, I think that's what we should be concentrating