Does anyone else think that the Premier League (Barwick's lot) have an influence over referees to ensure that the top four remain the top four and whenever one of the minions look like beating them the refs come up with ridiculous decisions or ignore fouls commited?
We all remember the derby, the foul prior to the United corner, now the Arsenal debacle. I am of the opinion that this could be true. It's not possible to get so many decisions against you without there being some sort of hidden agenda.
Mick Mac, Posted 31/12/2007 at 19:09:14
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1 Posted 31/12/2007 at 21:11:59
The only thing he missed was the handball for one of the goals, none of the back four claimed for it, and I only realised when they showed you the replay. It was just one of those things that players get away with now and then. I think we need to get out of this ?we are hard done by' mentality ? it just sounds like sour grapes. We have had plenty of decisions go our way in plenty of games.
2 Posted 31/12/2007 at 21:31:27
3 Posted 31/12/2007 at 22:23:04
4 Posted 31/12/2007 at 22:35:17
5 Posted 31/12/2007 at 23:03:39
Enough to make your hair curl.
He could spin his way out of a whrlpool.
Remember the two week begging of Manure to drop the clause re. Howard. Gentlemans agreement my arse.
6 Posted 01/01/2008 at 09:04:03
The derby was the most blatant corrupt ref performance I have ever seen. Does anyone remember the ref in the Man U game suddenly becoming very pro United in his decisions after Fergie had a word from the touchline in last season’s game?
Also what the fuck was that Chelsea goal against the barcodes? I fear for the crap we’ll have to put up with in those semi-final games. I’ll have a wager with Dermot that we’ll be on here discussing the ref’s performance after the carling cup games. It’s not just paranoia.
7 Posted 01/01/2008 at 10:23:33
8 Posted 01/01/2008 at 10:50:04
Just do a few thought experiments. Carragher is blatantly hauled down by Lescott in the last minute and no penalty is given - depriving Liverpool of a point. Smith scores in the last minute against Chelsea when he is blatantly offside - costing Chelsea all three points. AJ scores the vital second goal against Arsenal by controlling the ball with his arm, and later Fabregas is sent off when he catches Arteta with his arm and Arteta falls to the ground as if he has had his jaw broken - and Arsenal lose and stay below ManU.
See? Everyone knows, including of course the refs, that all hell would break loose. The media have much less interest in Moyes and Allardyce when they are ranting, than in Fergie and Wenger and the Spanish tosser. It is enough, and of course it is biasing referees’ performances.
9 Posted 01/01/2008 at 11:15:22
10 Posted 01/01/2008 at 11:50:06
One thing that could be done is for the FA and Keith Hackett to tell referees that they should start booking players who consistently attempt to intimidate them during games. We all know that the worst offenders by far are Carragher, Gerrard, Terry, Rooney, Ferdinand, and Fabregas. This will change the dynamics of Top Four players adding to the bias by intimidating referees during games.
The second thing they should tell them is that they will support refs who make tough calls against Big Four sides, and will not allow them to be dragged through the dirt by Top Four managers.
And finally they should tell refs such as Clattenburg who obviously capitulate to Top Four pressures and intimidation that they will be disciplined and demoted.
This all might help. It is unlikely because above all else the FA are shit scared that at some point the Top Four will break away and form a separate league with their European counterparts. Sky also are worried that this would disturb their current Premiership goldmine. Hence the Top Four get such special treatment by the FA, referees and the media. Power and money talk.
11 Posted 01/01/2008 at 14:49:26
I also fear for us when we play Chelski as I am sure that it will not suit the powers that be to have EFC in a final.
Paranoid ? Most definitely !