Birmingham manager Lee Clark launched an angry tirade at Yeovil after his team’s Capital One Cup victory on penalties at Huish Park last night.
Blues are through after the match finished 3-3 in extra-time but with the Blues camp raging about the opposition’s unsporting conduct.
The flashpoint came at the end of normal time with Blues holding a 2-1 lead as Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle kicked the ball out of play for his injured defender Dan Burn to be treated.
But Yeovil did not observe protocol to return the ball to Blues from the restart but instead fashioned an equaliser from Byron Webster. Clark was incensed but in extraordinary scenes, Yeovil then allowed Lee Novak to equalise unchallenged in extra-time after Luke Ayling had put them ahead.
The Blues manager is still threatening to pursue a complaint and said: “I might be wrong but my parents made me grow up to be a good sportsman, win lose or draw. I’m going to go down the right channels to complain. I think something has to be done.
“It’s always easy to give a goal back when you’re leading. We were winning going into injury time. I’m proud of my players, every single one of them. I said to them before the penalties that whatever happens, even if they missed or scored, they have done the club proud.”
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson admitted he told his team to play on and not return the ball from the throw-in. He said: “I apologised to Lee Clark at half-time in extra-time because, on reflection, it was ungentlemanly. However, we get a bit fed up of teams kicking it out for their own players here when we’re trying to get a goal back.
“I wanted us to play on but I didn’t expect the Birmingham side to stand still, and didn’t expect Byron to hook a goal in.
“I apologise to the Birmingham fans, staff and players, but this kind of thing is happening too often at the minute.”