Dean Keates has slammed an alleged eye gouging incident that saw Wrexham skipper Shaun Pearson forced off late in the Dragons’ 1-1 draw at Holker Street.

Pearson had headed Wrexham back on level terms midway through the first half after Barrow had taken a second minute lead through Moussa Diarra’s header. Dragons boss Keates was angered by the decision not to penalise Barrow for what he felt was a ‘disgrace’, Pearson needing to come off after having trouble with his sight and was being assessed by the club medics to be replaced by James Hurst.

“He’s (Pearson) gone off at the end and things have happened that should never happen on a football pitch,” said Keates.

“When you try to gouge someone in the eye and scratch his face and his eye and have his fingers in his eye and face. I’ve had a word with the referee and asked him to look back at it I think it’s an absolute disgrace what they’ve done to Shaun.”

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