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Good summary of refereeing errors this season from Graham Poll in which he is stating that some referees are beginning to approach the job on the basis it's an easy way to earn 80k a year and hence they just don't care any more.

Strangely I'm finding I care less than I did about match changing refereeing errors and get quite bored listening to managers and players droning on week after week about how the referee cost them the game.

With a bit of soul searching I've realised why this is. It's because the people who run the game of football don't care about blatant refereeing errors spoiling the match. In fact quite the opposite, as Sepp Blatter says, errors add to the news media feast as they give something to talk about.

Well it's a turn off for me and I find football much less attractive as a result. If the managers of the game don't care why should we !!! And the result becomes something of a lottery, not unlike a Saturday night game show on ITV.

And I would imagine our referees probably feel the same.

Think this comment from a DM reader sums it up nicely:

Seems strange to me that a singles tennis match at Wimbledon has about twelve referees of differing types on a small pitch and more technology than put a man on the moon. Yet we have 22 men playing on a large field and have only three referees. No wonder mistakes are made! It is OK criticizing referees with the benefit of instant TV replays but a ref has only about one second to make a decision and sometimes it is they that shout loudest get the decisions!
- Dave Pickup, Tarragona,Spain, 14/12/2011 15:43

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Graham Poll: How can we be sure men in black won't turn into Christmas turkeys?
Last updated at 8:19 AM on 14th December 2011
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It was the referees' Christmas party on Monday, sandwiched between two days of meetings, training and analysis for the elite officials. While they were tucking into their turkey dinner, Mark Clattenburg was missing a stonewall penalty at Stamford Bridge.
The two days couldn't have been much fun for the 16 officials and their managers. Can a week pass without another poor decision?
Confidence in officials is low. From managers such as Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini to the players. Mancini's assertion that 'even people outside the ground could see it was penalty', after David Silva was tripped at Stamford Bridge, might not be true - but we know the point he was making.

Penalty? David Silva (centre) is challenged by Jose Bosingwa (left)
City were leading 1-0 at the time and a penalty would have given them a chance to make it 2-0 - they ended up losing 2-1. Once again, a decision might have made a significant difference to a result.
Clattenburg is not alone. In recent times, a number of errors have impacted on the result of matches:
MARTIN ATKINSON: red-carded Jack Rodwell after his challenge on Luis Suarez in the Merseyside derby at Goodison, which Liverpool went on to win 2-0. The card was later overturned by the FA.

Angry: Gareth Bale (left) questions Chris Foy
STUART ATTWELL: sent off Bolton's Gary Cahill at Spurs, despite Scott Parker being an entire half of the pitch from the goal. Spurs were 1-0 up and won 3-0.
MIKE JONES: awarded a 62nd-minute penalty on the advice of assistant John Flynn, despite Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand clearly playing the ball in a challenge on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa. Match drawn 1-1. l
ANDRE MARRINER: allowed a Blackburn goal to stand after Morten Gamst Pedersen took a  corner to himself before crossing for Junior Hoilett to score against Wigan. It finished 3-3.
PHIL DOWD: booked Ryan Bertrand for a foul in Chelsea's Carling Cup quarter-final loss to Liverpool instead of the actual perpetrator, Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea lost 2-0.
MIKE DEAN: failed to dismiss David Luiz for denying Demba Ba a goalscoring opportunity early on at Newcastle. Chelsea won 3-0.
CHRIS FOY: had a poor performance on Sunday - especially his  failure to spot two genuine penalty claims for Spurs. Stoke won 2-1.

Overturned: Gary Cahill (right) is sent off by Stuart Attwell at Spurs
I admire Mancini, who didn't overstep the mark with his observations on Clattenburg's decision. He could have said a lot more, as Spurs boss Redknapp did at Stoke.
Referees will point to increased technology scrutinising every decision and the propensity for players to cheat. But that will not change. We are about to play the holiday programme, when big matches come thick and fast - four live Barclays Premier League games on TV this weekend. Every decision will be debated.
With the help of management choosing the right referees for the right games, they have to overcome this period of scrutiny with high levels of performance.

Suffering, Andre? Referee Marriner grimaces
Redknapp had a point after Spurs lost 2-1. I couldn't help but have sympathy. It was a nonchalant display by Foy and Redknapp said he felt early on that decisions were not going to go his way. I had to agree.
But Foy was also referee for this fixture last season; a game which Tottenham won 2-1 - but which had its own controversy. Foy was unable to see a Jon Walters effort clearly go over the goal-line for what would have been a late equaliser for Stoke. He accepted his mistake, apologising to Stoke manager Tony Pulis. So I was very surprised to see him appointed this time.
Could he have pushed last season's controversy out of his mind? I imagine someone with Stoke allegiance might have reminded him 'you owe us one'. It happens.
When choosing my best referee last week (Mike Dean), I highlighted that many were performing well, despite management flaws. The appointment of Foy was one example. Another is allowing non-motivated referees to get Premier League games week after week.
Complacency is evident among some who now see the role as just a job and an easy way to earn 80,000 a year.
While that goes on, we will see weekends spoilt and a league title possibly decided by a match official. It shouldn't be that way.
These are worrying times. I believe we do have excellent officials, but they have to prove it.

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