Flitney upset at red card
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnet goalkeeper Ross Flitney felt he was unjustly sent off in the defeat at Man Utd.Barnet goalkeeper Ross Flitney felt he was unjustly sent off in the Carling Cup defeat at Manchester United.
Flitney was red carded just two minutes into the third round tie at Old Trafford for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
The shot-stopper's feet were outside the box, although television replays were unclear as to whether Flitney had caught the ball inside his area.
Both Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Barnet boss Paul Fairclough branded referee Richard Beeby's decision as 'harsh'.
And Flitney was inclined to agree with the two managers as he is confident the ball was in the penalty area when he touched it.
"I don't think it was a sending off, obviously," Flitney told Sky Sports News.
"Everyone I spoke to doesn't think it was either.
"He (the referee) has made a decision and he has got to stick by it but, as far as I'm concerned, it was the wrong one.
"Not at all," replied Flitney when asked if he thought he had touched the ball outside the box.
"My feet were outside but my hands were definitely inside as far as I'm concerned. A friend texted my dad and said it was definitely inside."
Flitney's early dismissal ruined any chance the League Two outfit had of springing a surprise and they were eventually beaten 4-1.
The Bees keeper was unable to test himself against the Premiership giants and he cursed the red card which wrecked his night.
He added: "It was a dream come true to play here and it was taken away in some ways.
"In some respects I played two minutes but I was gutted to come off."