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WIMBLEDON boss Joe Kinnear has talked himself into double trouble with English football chiefs.

Kinnear's facing a rocket for branding a linesman "thick" after Saturday's 2- 2 draw with Middlesbrough - and Port Vale have reacted angrily to his public claim that he's closing in on their pounds 2m- rated winger Gareth Ainsworth.

Kinnear believed Boro's second goal, scored by Hamilton Ricard, was offside and he was further angered when a late Marcus Gayle effort was judged to have not crossed the line.

Rounding on linesman Mike North after the match, Kinnear said: "It's difficult. I don't know if it's because he's too thick.

"Maybe we were too smart or too quick for him, but I think we were robbed of three goals.

"If he's trying to become a referee, he should be told not to. In the end, he's done us more damage than Middlesbrough.

"He said for Hamilton Ricard's goal that Brian Deane was not interfering with play in the penalty box. What's he doing there, then?

"The Sky people told me they saw the ball cross the line when their keeper went over and slid over the line. If the linesman's up to scratch, he'll see that sort of thing."

Kinnear has enraged Port Vale boss John Rudge with his comments about their star winger Ainsworth.

Vale assistant boss Bill Dearden rapped: "Joe Kinnear is making comments and he is completely out of order. This has been upsetting.

"There has been no approach from Wimbledon to either myself or John Rudge. So how can he say he is about to sign him?

"Gareth will eventually play in the Premiership, but he's contracted to us for another two-and-a-half years."

Dearden also rubbished suggestions that Vale would accept a player-plus- cash deal for Ainsworth involving Wimbledon's Andy Clarke.

He added: "We've had him here before and he quickly went back."

FA spokesman Adrian Bevington said: "If Joe Kinnear has any complaints about an official for a match, there are proper channels for him to make it."

"He complies a report after every game and he's entitled to make his comments on that. Every football club is aware of that."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Marshall, Alan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 26, 1998
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