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Published: 19:48 | 16/2/16

Jagielka stands by Atkinson criticism

Official named for Toffees FA Cup tie

Everton defender Phil Jagielka says he stands by his criticism of referee Martin Atkinson after the official was confirmed for the Toffees FA Cup fifth round tie at Bournemouth at the weekend.

Jagielka labelled Atkinson "a little bit arrogant" in the face of Everton objections after failing to notice that Raheem Sterling had run the ball out of play before crossing the ball for Manchester City's second goal in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium last month.

City went on to overturn a first leg deficit and will meet Liverpool in the final at the end of the month.

"There is nothing much we can do, is there?" Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.

"We've had him before and we'll have him again.

"I stick by the things I said, especially in a semi-final game, but we'll get on with it, shake hands and deal with the day.

"He's been a good ref over the years but I said what I felt after the game and, to be honest, I did well to probably hold most of my emotions back.

"Everyone makes bad decisions but you have got to look at the context of the game.

"You have got to look at scorelines and you have got to adapt your mannerisms throughout the game.

"If someone is going to shout and bawl at you, by all means don't speak to them, but in the big games when things are on the line you have got to show the respect both ways.

"If he thinks I've over-stepped the line then pull me to the side and say 'That's it', that is fair enough.

"But it's difficult when you go out there and within two or three minutes of the game you're at that stage already, where you've not said or done anything, and some officials are like that.

"Whether you've got their back up from previous games, I don't know, but it is a difficult one."

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