Refereeing blunders

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After another week of calamitous refereeing blunders it’s about time they were brought to book.

It riles me that a referee can make huge blunder that could potentially cost a club millions by costing a club promotion or even relegation and not be accountable. I wonder how many managers have lost their jobs and even their livelihood in some cases,by making a blunder?

I think the biggest factor is that these people have probably never kicked a football in their lives. One example was the Manchester United player who went racing in to tackle someone, realised at the last moment he wasn’t going to make it so tried to pull up but instead, lost his footing and slipped on his backside and his momentum took his into the opposition player.

Now anyone who has played the game would know straight away that it was an accident but not this ref, he gave him a red card.

Now if a referee has missed an infringement during a game, the powers that be can use retrospective action and deal with the incident a day or two later.

It should work both ways and if a referee has messed up he should be dealt with retrospectively and banned. Same goes for the idiot who probably cost the Owls three points on Saturday and might even cost the manager his job ultimately.

Why are referees so protected? If a manager dare disagree with a decision he’s slapped with a charge of ‘bringing the game into disrepute’.

The BBC have a lot to answer for too. They will interview a manager after a game in which a referee has blatantly cost them the game and ask him what he thought of the ‘big’refereeing decision and the manager tells it how it is and then he’s promptly charged for opening his mouth and just being honest.

It took a foreigner to put them in their place. When Rafa Benitez was at Liverpool he had a microphone shoved in his face straight after another humongous blunder had cost him a win.

The interviewer asked him for his take on ‘the’ incident and Rafa said the ref was brilliant, got every decision right.

That’s what they all should do.

Ted Fowler

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