Wigan manager Paul Jewell has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following his criticism of referee Phil Dowd after the defeat at Arsenal.
Jewell was angry that Dowd didn’t award Wigan a penalty when Mathieu Flamini appeared to bring down Emile Heskey with Wigan leading 1-0 on Sunday.
“Dowd has cost our team the points – it could cost us £50m.
“I am going to get into trouble, I know that, because I made my mind clear to the officials.”
The Wigan boss had to be restrained at the end of the game as he stormed on to the pitch to confront Dowd.
Jewell was backed by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan who claimed Dowd swore at Wigan’s players during the match.
The Wigan chairman said: “This particular referee seems to get it wrong quite a lot and surely they have to look at his performances over the season.
“He gave 10 yellow cards and there was only one foul all game.
“It is disappointing when you get a penalty that is such a nailed-on penalty and it is not given.
“You wonder what the hell goes on. Do they not like giving penalties at places like Manchester United and Arsenal?
“The referee used foul and abusive language to our players – that is not acceptable and we should take that up with the league.
“If the players used foul and abusive language to the referee, they would have been sent off.”