Terriers to sue over Cup exit

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Huddersfield Town are have vowed to seek compensation over a "ludicrous" and "disgraceful" refereeing performance that they believe may have robbed them of a money-spinning appearance in the last eight of the Worthington Cup.

Huddersfield Town are have vowed to seek compensation over a "ludicrous" and "disgraceful" refereeing performance that they believe may have robbed them of a money-spinning appearance in the last eight of the Worthington Cup.

Terriers chairman Ian Ayre is fuming over Jeff Winter's decision not to award Huddersfield a 90th-minute penalty in the Division One side's 2-1 extra-time defeat at home to Premiership Wimbledon on Tuesday night and also by the referee's subsequent explanation to manager Steve Bruce.

Ayre and Bruce were at a loss to understand why Huddersfield were not given a spot-kick when they believed Clyde Wijnhard had been fouled in the opposition's penalty area.

But what angered the chairman even more were Winter's comments to Bruce after the final whistle.

"He said that, while he had seen the incident and agreed it would have been a penalty, he had not given it because their player was fouled by Wijnhard before he then wrestled him to the ground," Ayre told Radio 5 Live.

"That being the case, our view is that he should have given the foul - but he did not give either.

"For him to come out and say what he has is disgraceful. Two wrongs do not make a right."

As well as the cost to Huddersfield themselves, Ayre believes football as a whole have been dealt a raw deal.

"Mr Winter has done referees a disservice as much as anyone here. It is the referee making that comment after the game that I think is ludicrous."

Financial injustice is also a major issue with Ayre, who added: "Somebody has denied a huge financial incentive (in a quarter-final against Bolton) to a club like ourselves.

"I think the referee needs to be put in his place for this.

"We are speaking to our solicitors today ... and perhaps there is an element of compensation here."

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