Is it any wonder why Refereeing standards are deteriorating at such a fast pace and that the F.A. are full of incompetents.
It has always been known by clubs and supporters alike that where the F.A. and Referee’s are concerned, there is one rule for the so called top clubs and one rule for the rest – of course these clubs are called top clubs due to most things going their way. I do believe we at THFC get a rough end of the deal on many occasions.
Look at the Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany sagas the other week. Kompany gets sent off, spends 2 1/2 minutes standing there arguing with the referee, finally leaves the field, kicks a wall before going to the dressing room, and the F.A. decide to take no further action.
Joe Hart does an Alan Pardew impression with a headbutt, doesn’t get sent off and the F.A. turn a blind eye to any retrospective action. Lets be absolutely clear here, had those incidents not been Manchester City players (one of the Clubs with all the money) and been players from a lesser team or a Championship side, do you honestly think they would have got away with it. The answer is simple, NO.
Now we have the ridiculous situation of referee Andre Marriner. He makes one of the worst mistakes a referee can make by sending of the ‘Wrong’ player – even though he is told at the time he has made a major mistake and got it wrong – but doesn’t change his mind. The following day after all the TV and National Papers hype he issues an apology (which doesn’t help anyone). What does the Referees Association do about it ? Do they ban him for any games – NO.
Do they actually apologise for his incompetence – NO. What they ‘Actually’ do (and with the F.A.’s approval), is they ‘Award him with refereeing an F.A. Cup Semi- Final.
Had a ‘normal’ run of the mill worker made such a major error in his work the chances are he might well get a serious warning and maybe even the Sack. I put it to you that there is ‘No Way’ he would have been awarded a ‘Promotion’ – as in Andre Marriner’s case. I am getting more and more fed up with the F.A. and fed up with these little tin gods called Referees.
It really is time – for footballs sake – that something is done regarding ‘Fairness’ in the whole sphere of the game.
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