Neil Warnock says Dael Fry was "a millimetre away from having his eyeball taken out" during an incident involving Everton loanee Jarrad Branthwaite in the first half of Middlesbrough's defeat to Blackburn today.
The Boro boss was left "distraught" by the challenge, which forced Fry off and left the defender needing stitches to a wound just underneath his right eye.
Warnock was furious that the high boot from Branthwaite went unpunished.
And the afternoon went from bad to worse for Boro as they eventually lost the game 1-0.
Here is what Warnock said in his post-match press conference:
"It's the game-changing incident, isn't it?
"After that, I wasn't even bothered about the result, after I saw the mess his face is in.
"That's not why we're in the game, that. I don't think the lad meant to do it, but they've just read me the rules out - endangering the safety of a player. Well, it can't be any worse than that.
"He's a millimetre away from having his eyeball taken out. We miss out in all ends - we don't get a penalty, we don't get a sending off and we have one of our best players carried off.
"It's an absolute bloody joke and I'm absolutely distraught."
On the condition of Dael Fry:
"They've got to clear the blood and everything away, but the doctor has just said he's a millimetre from his eyeball being taken out.
"How can you not see it? I've looked at the pictures and the referee has nobody in his line - so what's the reason why he's not seen it? I don't understand it. For me, that's elementary.
"We deserve better. The linesman should see it as well."
What he said to the officials on the pitch:
"I asked why they didn't see it. I don't know what he said, if I'm honest.
"What do they say? They go in there for an hour and come out with a different story."
On VAR and the result:
"I don't think I've been as low as this since Chelsea scored with about three minutes to go at Cardiff. And we didn't have VAR then either. You just expect people to do their job, and they're not doing their job.
"They'll probably get another game next week and not worry about it. What's it matter, Middlesbrough? It's so disappointing for me, when I look at the efforts the players have put in. I don't think we've lost the game today, I just think the officials have been not good enough. I think we would have won the game if the officials had done their job.
"I just said to the players, thanks for the effort, you couldn't have put anymore in.
"We could have scored goals but I can't blame them for what happened on the pitch. We're supposed to have officials that are good enough.
"Everyone in the stadium saw it, it was so obvious.
"I'd rather be in Tony's (Mowbray) boat, he was complaining about a throw-in, I said I'd rather have that go against me than a sending off and a penalty.
"He'll be over the moon about that, to come away with three points and 11 men. He's won the Pools, he should do the lottery tonight."