Dundalk fans may have been delirious after their side took a late point in Derry on Friday night but striker Patrick Hoban was far from happy when he spoke to The Dundalk Democrat at full-time.
Hoban made his return from a knee injury as a 69th minute substitute for John Mountney at The Brandywell but, less than 60 seconds after being introduced, he was back on the touchline, receiving treatment after taking an alleged elbow in the face from Derry City captain Cliff Byrne.
Byrne was shown a straight red card for the incident and Hoban - who claimed the incident was worse than Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - said the FAI should throw the book at the former Sunderland centre-back.
“I was literally on the pitch and I turned around and he went bang,” said Hoban.
“In my mind, what he did was worse than what Luis Suarez did at the World Cup. I hope it’s shown on Soccer Republic because it was a disgrace. He went to do me, no doubt about it.”
Hoban said he wasn’t sure if Byrne was retaliating to the incident from the league game at Oriel Park in April which saw Derry City’s Ryan McBride hospitalized following a clash of heads with Hoban.
Derry City, notably led by then manager Roddy Collins, were highly critical of Hoban after that game but the Lilywhites striker again protested his innocence.
“I don’t know,” said Hoban, when asked if Byrne was out to get him. “If Derry City are trying to take something out of the game at Oriel Park then it’s a disgrace really. There was no menace in the Ryan McBride tackle from that game.
“It doesn’t hurt but he could have caught me right. It’s not on and he shouldn’t be doing it on a football pitch. He is experienced enough to know that.
“You don’t want to see anybody get punished in this game but he should get extra games for something like that.”
Turning his attention back to the game, Hoban said he felt no reaction to the injury which has kept him out of the last three games.
“The knee is a lot stronger. I’ve been moving well in the last week and have been doing leg weights, running and things like that so all has been good so far.”