Formal disclaimer: I don’t expect or want us to be given every decision by referees, linos and VARs.
All I want is fair officiating. But that’s just not happening is it?
We’ve played six league games now and only one went by without at least one shocker from the officials.
From the outside, it’s easy to see us as martyrs when that one game happens to be the only one we’ve won so far. We’re just blaming referees for the fact we’re not pulling out the wins. There’s a renewed hatred towards us as supporters now that our club is rich and we risk being tarred with the same brush as supporters of Liverpool and Manchester United. But most of these decisions have been clear as day.
Let’s start with Brighton. A really poor performance away from home, if we’re being honest. In terms of performance, I think a draw was a fair result. But what wasn’t fair was the decision to disallow Callum Wilson’s goal.
High feet can be dangerous. But the Brighton players were nowhere near enough to Wilson for this to be the case. And how many times have we seen far more dangerous challenges not given? And it didn’t even go to VAR – which is exactly what the technology is there for.
Next up, Manchester City. There was no one standout incident in this game, but rather an overwhelmingly biased refereeing performance that saw every decision – minor or major – go their way. It’s hard to keep momentum up in a game when the referee is blowing his whistle every time you’re within a foot of an opposition player. Giving the opposition a flood of free kicks only increases their chances of getting back into the game.
Wolves away wasn’t our most sparkling performance either. We sorely missed Bruno as playmaker and Wilson as the target man, and we looked shapeless and devoid of creativity beyond the odd ASM moment of magic. I felt we were lucky to equalise based on performances, but where was the penalty for the blatant shirt-pull on Longstaff? And, once again, where was…
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Author : Natasha
Publish date : 2022-09-10 07:10:00
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