Leicester 2-2 Middlesbrough: Pearson ref rage
Published 22:02 01/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Nigel Pearson last night launched a stinging attack on referee Gavin Ward and is ready to fight an FA charge after being sent off.
Pearson was furious after Ward burst into the home dressing room at half-time to interrupt the Leicester manager's team talk - and then dismissed him for foul language.
The Surrey official was branded "laughable" and inexperienced for asking fourth official Mathew Buonassisi to send him to the stands and Pearson insists he cannot wait to defend himself.
He said: "I was giving my players instructions and there is no chance I will tolerate anyone coming in there who has nothing to do with my team.
"I'm within my rights to tell him to get out - he was telling me to hurry up. I can't wait to see the fall-out and I can't wait to appeal.
"Quite frankly I find it quite laughable. As a manager if I tell a player he's going to be left out, I don't ask somebody to do it for me.
"I would expect somebody in a position of authority to do the same to me. Will I go and see him? No, I've seen enough of him tonight.
"If you are going to treat someone like a child then don't expect me to come out here and play the game of being politically correct."
Pearson's anger was eased slightly at the end after Jermaine Beckford's sixth goal in three home games saved the Foxes.
Beckford struck four minutes from time by punishing Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele's mistake on another excruciating evening at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester have not won at home for five Championship games and it could have been even worse after Tony McMahon's beautifully executed free-kick for the visitors in the 80th minute.
David Nugent had given Leicester the lead with his tenth goal of the season before Scott McDonald levelled on 17 minutes.
Even though Beckford robbed Boro of a welcome away win, this was still their first point of 2012 and keeps them in the play-off places.
But all the talk surrounded referee Ward, who even has a Facebook describing him as the worst official in the Football League.
Boro boss Tony Mowbray said: "He had an uncomfortable night and seemed scared to make decisions."