Southend United boss Phil Brown has stated that assistant referee Barry Gordon should be ”struck off” following Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Bury, according to BBC Sport.

Brown stated this following Gordon’s role in awarding Bury a late penalty which Ryan Lowe scored to secure the three points for the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Brown said that “I’m not one for stopping people from working, but [the assistant]needs to be struck off.

“(Referee) Trevor Kettle didn’t see a penalty, so why has he given it? Because his assistant has put his flag across his chest.”

Brown added “that’s an absolutely disgraceful decision. The 93rd minute of the last game of the season and he makes a decision like that.

“The referee didn’t see a handball so he should have taken control of the game. He’s the man in charge, it’s up to him whether he makes the decision, if it goes against the home team, it doesn’t matter if it’s the right decision.

“He’s gone with the [assistant referee]. How they can sleep at night is beyond me.”

The result meant that Southend finished in 15th place in the Sky Bet League One table, one point off Bury in 14th.

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