Ref conspiracy? Nope… just a load of bullshit
DALGLISH seems to think there’s a conspiracy among referees against Liverpool.
Alex Ferguson reckons a goalkeeper with two years of La Liga experience needs “better protection” from the men in the middle.
They’re both wrong. And it’s time this tripe talk was banned.
If the managers of Liverpool and Manchester United truly believe they are getting a raw deal from refs, what hope have the small clubs got?
Both teams have benefited from more than their fair share of “generous” decisions down the years.
Luis Garcia’s “ghost goal” at Anfield against Chelsea, Pedro Mendes’ “winner” at Old Trafford that crossed the line by at least two yards but went down as a Roy Carroll save.
Then there’s the countless dodgy penalties that have been awarded to both sides.
Referees are only human. They make mistakes. They are – whether they like to admit it or not – influenced by the crowd, the media and the occasion.
And as professional as they claim to be, they all support a team – a bias they might hide, but one that’s hard to shake.
Remember Mike Reed? Not the pop quiz goon, or the gravel-voiced late EastEnders star.
Reed the ref. He took charge of a Liverpool v Leeds game in 2000 and after Patrik Berger had whacked in a screamer he CELEBRATED the goal. Oh yes.
Better than that, he tried to defend it with an excuse from the Garry Cook school of bullshit.
“I clenched a fist in front of my shorts in celebration of the fact that I had played an advantage to Liverpool,” he said. “There’s no better feeling for refs than playing an advantage and the ball ending up in the net.”
Bwahahaha... OK, Mike. Sure. Given that Liverpool
Man United are two of the best supported teams in the world, is it a big leap to suggest officials might be secretly willing them on? Maybe, maybe not.
But I don’t believe for a minute Dalglish and Fergie truly believe they’re being dealt a bad hand. They are just “playing the game”.
But, like diving, it’s a game that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
They’re putting a suggestion out there which will worm around the minds of refs and supporters.
Then, when a big decision next arrives, the official will feel obliged to rule in favour of United. Or Liverpool. And if they don’t, it will fuel the fire.
Fans will get angrier, refs get more abuse, managers will carry on pointing the finger. It’s a vicious circle that must be smashed.
It’s not within the spirit of the game and all it achieves is to pile more pressure on the referees. Their job is tough enough already.
If the suits banned bosses from making ANY comment on officials to the media what would we lose apart from a big load of bull?
Meanwhile, it could lift some pressure from refs and mean fewer of those dodgy decisions.
It’s time for the FA to grow a pair and finally get to grips with moaning managers.
Over to you, Mr FA Bigwig.
BLAME GAME: Kenny & Fergie have had loads of decisions go
their way, like Garcia’s ‘ghost’ Euro goal (left)