Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire was left seething by a tackle by Lincoln City’s Tom Miller on Bernard Mensah during their Skrill Premier clash at the Amlin Stadium.
The Imps won the game 2-0, but it wasn’t the result that saw Devonshire fuming at the final whistle.
It was the challenge at the start of the second half by the Lincoln full-back and the referee’s decision not to punish it with a red card that irked the Iron boss.
Mensah, who is on loan at Braintree from Watford until the end of the season, was left with a suspected dislocated kneecap after Miller’s lunging two-footed tackle and Devonshire had some choice words in his post-match press conference.
He said: “How the referee didn’t give the kid a red card for that I’ll never know.
“It was a scandalous tackle.
“It’s a young kid’s career hurt and the referee has let him get away with it.
“I’m fuming about it.
“It near enough broke the kid’s leg.
“He’s got to go and have a scan now on his knee.
“It could have ended his career and the referee has only given a yellow for that.
“It’s a disgrace.”
Lincoln won the match with a first-half goal by Luke Foster and a wonderful strike by Jake Sheridan in the 76th minute as Braintree were caught chasing the game.