IAN Holloway described the penalty awarded against Millwall in their 1-0 defeat to Brighton as one of the worst decisions he has ever witnessed.
The Lions manager revealed he had spoken at length to referee Geoff Eltringham about the match-deciding spot kick given to the Seagulls by the Durham official.
Captain Danny Shittu was penalised for an alleged foul on Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard, who appeared to make the most of minimal contact in the area.
Holloway waited almost an hour after the final whistle before speaking to the press and remained composed when asked for his thoughts on the decision.
"I've spoken to the referee," he said.
"I don't think they can fine me [for what I'm about to say], and I've promised my wife that I won't get fined again.
"The last time I got fined was after the first game of the season against Tottenham when a penalty was given against Dean Moxey, and this one is even worse than that.
"I can only say what I saw and I've watched it back four or five times.
"In fairness to Brighton, they're a good team and their movement dragged us out of shape. They took a quick throw in and that has caused a problem for us, which isn't the ref's fault.
"Danny chased him, got back into position but he's got shoulders like the bloke from The Green Mile. I'm thinking it's a goal kick and that's what it should have been.
"If you see the contact, it's shoulder to shoulder if anything – if anything. I can't say that the fella went down too easily because Danny is built like the proverbial.
"It would take more than two shire horses to pull him if he were a cart. Danny was absolutely devastated in the dressing room afterwards.
"I should be sat here saying we deserved a point and the performance was good, but unfortunately I can't do that [because of the penalty].
"The experienced assessors didn't say a word to me after the game. I managed to conduct myself in a manner I'm very proud of – I was fuming on the touchline.
"I don't want my lads to shout at referees because we've been fined £16,000 over the last few weeks for surrounding them after a bad decision.
"The referee's made a mistake, I think it's a genuine mistake, but I've asked the assessors whether officials prepare themselves for the passion this club has got.
"It seems like referees are determined to be fair and impartial to the opposition.
"But if you referee a game with that mindset then you have a slight bias already, don't you? You should walk into this ground trying to be fair to both teams.
"I've asked the senior referees whether they ever felt like that, because that's what it looks like to me. I'm really glad I'm not a referee but I know what they should do.
"I went into their dressing room and told them what I felt in a respectful way, but I've never been so devastated in my life by the softest thing I've ever seen.
"The Dean Moxey penalty cost me a fortune in fines, and this one is twice as bad, if not four times as bad as that one.
"I will feel completely minging and hideous tomorrow morning."