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19th Dec - another week end littered with referee errors
« on: December 19, 2011, 01:27:14 pm »
I have got bored with the whole amateurish circus of referee's getting key decisions wrong which are instantly played back to the watching audience and managers, pundits and fans then lampoon the official for making errors that cost their team points.

After the David Luiz not sending off incident at Newcastle and the travesty of the Stoke v Tottenham matches last week you wonder when the global billion pound industry is going to put professional linesmen on the pitch and introduce TV replays.

Until then I'm just not playing to the circus and the view that it is better for the game that the referees get it wrong as it provides more entertainment and talking points.

Meanwhile a good summary from Graham Poll of the latest catalogue of game changing errors this week end.       

Official Line: Referee Taylor should have sent off Woodgate, not left it to Pulis
Last updated at 10:30 PM on 18th December 2011
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Wolves had every right to complain after Jonathan Woodgate escaped his second yellow card when conceding a 17th-minute penalty. Woodgate had already been cautioned and appeared to expect a second yellow card but referee Anthony Taylor didn’t oblige and left the Stoke defender on the field. Tony Pulis substituted Woodgate a minute later, highlighting Taylor’s lenient stance.

Lucky escape: Jonathan Woodgate was already on a yellow card when he made this desperate lunge on Wolves midfielder Matt Jarvis
Not Accountable?
It was interesting to see Chris Foy refereeing Fulham v Bolton on Saturday after his poor display at Stoke v Tottenham the previous weekend. Other referees have been dropped after a single mistake and Foy’s appointment suggests an uneven playing field for referees. At least the game went well for Foy at Craven Cottage.
More from Graham Poll...
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 Graham Poll: I would have booked Shotton for getting shirty12/12/11
 Graham Poll: Foy was right to give Spurs penalty but should have given them a second11/12/11
 Graham Poll: Spearing was out of control! Friend had to give Liverpool midfielder his marching orders05/12/11
 Graham Poll: Four vital reasons why both referees were in the wrong04/12/11
 Graham Poll: Politics plays its part in referee selection for major championships04/12/11
 Graham Poll: Mike Jones should not expect to return to Old Trafford for many a season28/11/11
 Graham Poll: Penalties galore in the Premier League and the refs are spot on21/11/11
Chelsea favoured again
Chelsea have had some good breaks from referees this season and Martin Atkinson helped them again on Saturday evening. In the 40th minute the ball was fired in from distance and Branislav Ivanovic handled the ball in clear view of Atkinson. Although Ivanovic’s hand was by the side of his body, he had ample opportunity to get the arm out of the way, as he is duty bound to do.
Well done
What could have been a pivotal decision was really close but assistant referee Andy Halliday did superbly well to allow Scott Dann to score an equaliser for Blackburn from a marginally onside position. Remember that if the forward is level with the second-last defender he is onside and the benefit of the doubt goes to the attacker.
Not so good, Garrett
Manchester United were denied a two-goal lead when assistant referee Andy Garratt incorrectly flagged Danny Welbeck offside. Welbeck, unaware of the flag, continued and beat Radek Cerny easily. It was tight but a decision you’d expect such an experienced official to get right.

Flashpoint: Auxerre's Moroccan midfielder Kamel Chafni claims assistant referee Johann Perraux racially abused him
Wired for sound?
There was a disturbing incident in the French League with assistant referee Johann Perraux accused of racially abusing Auxerre’s Kamel Chafni. The midfielder complained to the assistant and when he reported the matter to the referee he was sent off. If the officials were using the communication system the case could be proved and the assistant could be struck off the list.
Lack of Christmas Cheer
Sky heavily pushed their triple bill on Sunday as a Christmas cracker but it lacked festive cheer. Rio Ferdinand chased Howard Webb and appeared to use foul language while the charmless Craig Bellamy clearly abused Peter Walton. Webb cautioned Ferdinand, Walton did nothing. Great advert for football, lads.
Consistently wrong
In an almost identical repeat of Ivanovic’s handball, Daniel Agger handled inside his own penalty area yesterday. The ball travelled at pace but Agger’s arm moved towards it. Referee Peter Walton gave nothing. We want consistency — we got it!

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