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Keith Hackett

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Well done to mr Hackett for condemning the decision to send off Wenger as unacceptable, unjustifiable and wrong.
He has said he will apologise to Mr Wenger and Arsenal.
Lets hope Mr Dean and the 4th official get a good telling off!!

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posted Aug 31, 2009

comment by Kalash_McKop (U10926971)

posted 26 Minutes Ago


As for Rooney's penalty, if I was the ref, I would have given a goal kick and booked Rooney for simulation.

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So you would criticise Mike Dean for getting decisions wrong, and then make a decision like that?

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Dean's performance on Saturday (and for me only the Arshavin penalty decision of the game affecting decisions was arguably wrong) booking Rooney for simulation is about the stupidest idea I've seen thus far.

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posted Aug 31, 2009

There is a difference between someone getting something wrong and a conspiracy.

It certainly is hard to get decisions at Old Trafford (and as a Spurs fan, I should know winkeye), but there certainly isn't an anti-Arsenal agenda anywhere.

In the FA Cup semi-final last season, Denilson pushed the referee but no action was taken during the game or afterwards.

Two years ago, in the Carling Cup semi-final, Adebayor headbutted Bentdner. The incident is capture on video, was supplied to the FA and... no violent conduct charge.

After the Carling Cup final three years ago, Wenger said the linesman had lied about Adebayor throwing a punch. In my view, the FA really should have thrown the book at him for this as he is questioning the integrity of their referees. But, nothing came of it.

I've just picked those examples to show a) serious incidents in which others could similarly claim a pro-Arsenal bias, and b) these have happened repeatedly over the past few seasons. There are, of course, many more, e.g. van Persie well offside for his goal against Chelsea last season.

The game on Sunday was not part of a conspiracy. The fact that the penalites can be debated in such great length surely shows how hard it was for the referee to make those decisions and to get them right.

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posted Aug 31, 2009

I am glad that the FA has selected to charge Arshavin; let's see if they now have the guts to follow up the charges againt other offenders in the future. The apology should not be made by Hacket. Why are the 4th official and the referee not offering the apology to Wenger; they made the stuff up. They should apologise and then be banished to the lower divisions and be taught to be more civil and respectful. I laugh when I see the seriousness of the 4th official as he is explaining to the referee; you'd have thought that a murder had been committed.

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comment by js65572 (U9859092)

posted Sep 1, 2009

Hold on for a minute here, regardless of me being a Spurs fan did Wenger not throw his toys out of the pram by kicking the bottle?

Have most people for the past week been wanting stricter laws brought upon the game following Eduardo's dive?

Surely if he kicks the bottle and shows disregard for the decision that didn't go his way then he should be punished?

I don't care if there is 30secs left, I don't care if he has had a supposedly tough week,

Surely as a manager you should be the one setting an example to the players and not going off in a sulk because a referee's assistant gives your team a legitimate offside ruling that you disagree with.

I disagree with the FA's choice to apologise, the only thing that was wrong in this pointless argument however is that there is no-where for Wenger to stand when he gets sent off.

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posted Sep 1, 2009

I was at this match and sit near the dugouts ( and was no further than 20 yards away from Arsene Wenger when this happened) and I believe the reason that he was sent to the stands was because the Sky Television cameraman with his mobile/touchline camera had to duck otherwise the offending bottle would have smacked him right between the eyes; So I really don't understand why this is being ignored as if it had been a substitute who was nearly hit rather than "just" a camera man there would be a totally different slant on this story and the way its been reported. Would I as a fan in the stand get away with throwing a bottle onto the touchline and the only way it didn’t hit or make contact with anyone was by them ducking to avoid it?!! I think not….

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posted Sep 1, 2009

comment by MancDevil (U14122702)
posted 6 Hours Ago

I was at this match and sit near the dugouts ( and was no further than 20 yards away from Arsene Wenger when this happened) and I believe the reason that he was sent to the stands was because the Sky Television cameraman with his mobile/touchline camera had to duck .....

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Are you saying that Wenger was punished for MISSING the Sky Television camerman?

With all the garbage that you see from Sir. Fergie in any given season without retribution from the officials, you ought to be ashamed of yourself to even comment on Wenger's action.

I take it back, the terms "Man. U. supporter" and "shame" don't mix!

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posted Sep 2, 2009

Chad Sexington said:

booking Rooney for simulation is about the stupidest idea I've seen thus far.

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Why not? Myself and my housemate (who is Utd) both agreed it was a simulation as he booted the ball, then went to go over before contact was made, knowing he'd get a touch to make sure the ref would call it. My housemate even went as far to say he wasn't happy with him doing that, as he had done something similar a few years back aganist us (suprising to see a bit of common sense from a Utd fan - especially as he would have hated being beaten by us).

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posted Sep 2, 2009

Sending Wenger out was really an unfair decision and condemning the decision is the best thing to do. I kept asking myself these questions.
(1) Is there anything like refree sanction?
(2) Are refrees banned for biased decision?
What always remain as the answer is that refrees are let go free irrespective of how unfair they refreeing.
If my answer is truly the answer I suggest contrary action should be taken. It will help tremendously in compelling the refrees to enter the pitch with the spirit of justice and minds of equality justification.

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posted Sep 2, 2009


I would imagine that Keith Hackett must be extremely embarrassed at having his boses publicly "apologise" for his stupid act?

Maybe this is punishment enough?

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