I?ve seen many fine comments from fans in this forum. And for my point here those comments concern decisions from referees. It is not difficult to say that we as Everton Football Club have received more than our fair share of losing 50-50 referee calls. What I mean here is that in any physical transaction between two opposing players can result in a referee?s decision that can be either fair or biased. And what our fan base opinion clearly shows is that we seem to receive biased referee opinions as opposed to what might be called the true or fair decision way more often than not.
We only need go back to the most recent derby game to see this point in clear perspective. A two-footed aerial lunge with no dismissal? Is that for real? Yes ? it?s for real. The further back in time we can we see untold occasions where all the honest Evertonian can say is, ?Why??
I?m going to add three thoughts on this just for the purpose of debate and argument. I?m not at all pleased to state things this way but I think there is some truth in it.
1) England, dominated as it is by London, will never come to grips with Liverpool as a city, with its very different history and culture.
2) Everton as a football club inherits much of this London colonial xenophobia simply because we do not ?fit the mould? of an ?English? club, or perhaps do not ?play the game?.
3) The EPL has way too much revenue for there not to be ?fixing? of results, whether through vested influence or outright fraud.
In this environment, outsider clubs like Everton in an English league can never really expect too much. This comes to the fore when you consider the 50-50 coin toss of referee decisions. And to complete my point, this is perhaps why in the end we receive a great deal of calling heads but getting tails way too often.
One positive point here though is our disciplinary record. This seems a great way to avoid those biased calls. If the referee has nothing to confer a biased opinion on, then a game?s result could actually be decided on the actual football and not some bullshit penalty-box ?infringement? that once again goes the wrong way!
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1 Posted 06/11/2007 at 08:55:34
However, I do agree that the EPL consciously or sub-conciously protect their biggest exportable assest i.e the clubs that make all the money.
Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal.
However these four teams also make all of the money for the rest of the league could you imagine where Everton would be if we had to bargain for our own T.V. rights?
2 Posted 06/11/2007 at 09:10:34
I agree basically with what Mr Gorman says, but not for the same reasoning. I think its because of awe, familiarity of players & fear of various things (players &managers reactions, crowds, bad press etc etc) that the big 4 get the rub of the green more often than not & if one day we break back into the elite, where we belong, then we will also get the rub against lesser opposition.......not the shite though, they are the devils club after all.
3 Posted 06/11/2007 at 09:05:37
Liverpool sure is a different city to many in the UK, but this just slides towards what Borris Johnston said as ’wallowing in victim status’.
Infact London is rounded on in society in many ways due to its preferential status, not only in the country but the world, and its comparitively la-di-da lifestyle of the rich.... so its a bit of a cop out to blame the capital IMHO... and besides, Liverpool FC don’t do too badly from being in the city that they bare the name of.
However, the FA do have a vested interest in the big four, and (in an artical I am currently drawring up) possibly have the way refs interperate certain things to benefit the top four and keep them there as it’s money in the pocket.
4 Posted 06/11/2007 at 09:21:09
5 Posted 06/11/2007 at 09:35:18
The balding boxing mouthperson was saying the Prem need to kick off at 12pm and 5:15pm etc for the Asian markets so we can all have the best players.
Personally I think that’s crap. We’d still have the players, only they’d be paid less. Oh, and the FA would be out of pocket too...
6 Posted 06/11/2007 at 13:12:29
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8 Posted 06/11/2007 at 14:42:35
Just on a related note I won £12 off my mates playing odds & evens the other night. Should I toss the coin for us?
9 Posted 06/11/2007 at 14:46:42
Lets have a ballot,i’m first to nominate John Lloyd.
10 Posted 06/11/2007 at 15:50:16
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12 Posted 06/11/2007 at 17:27:23
13 Posted 06/11/2007 at 18:30:34
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15 Posted 06/11/2007 at 23:08:04
Clubs like Everton, Villa, Newcastle, Man City, Sunderland, Spurs, etc, all have a much stronger card to play in this than they perhaps think. But until they actually play this card, football will remain an uncompetitive slugging match between the same old line up of clubs, year after year after year, while the rest of us simply exist to furnish them with glory and players at our expense.
16 Posted 06/11/2007 at 23:52:30
You don’t happen to work for the council do you or the local Labour Party? It has taken years for the city to finally stop taking and take part instead. This attitude which is also typical of the ’no to Kirby’ lobby holds the entire city back as it tries to make up for the years Manchester gained on it.
Good luck to everyone still living there. I gave up and left years ago due to the attitude of people like the author. By the way, people in London are too busy trying to pay the mortgage if they are lucky or a house share which is the reality for a great many to waste time ’understanding Liverpool’. Is it only people in Liverpool have a hard time?
17 Posted 07/11/2007 at 01:41:52
The fact is that ESPN STAR Sports (and now also TEN Sports and Goal TV for Singapore and Thailand) collectively cover 24 countries and 400 million subscribers to cable TV. The Barclays Premier League is THE league in these countries.
That’s why the Asian rights for the latest TV deal alone went for something like GPB 625 million. The BPL is now a global sport, like it or not. That means that kick off times will get mucked around to cater for these markets. But it’s not all one way. Next year the first ever night F1 GP race will be held in Singapore - to cater for the European viewers so you don’t have to get up too early to watch it.
Swings and roundabouts.
COYB tonight in Germany.
18 Posted 07/11/2007 at 12:16:38
19 Posted 07/11/2007 at 17:32:33
20 Posted 07/11/2007 at 18:06:22
21 Posted 07/11/2007 at 18:09:07
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