Phil Jagielka has called referee Martin Atkinson “arrogant” following Everton’s controversial defeat by Manchester City in the League Cup semi-finals.
The Toffees skipper says he tried to speak to Atkinson to discuss City’s dubious second goal but was surprised at the official’s response.
“He told me my defending was brilliant,” said Jagielka.
“It’s difficult when things start going the wrong way and they become a little bit arrogant.”
Everton were eventually beaten 3-1 on the night to lose the tie 4-3 on aggregate and therefore miss out on a League Cup final against city rivals Liverpool.