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Very, very well played

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by 606AllRounder (U13805699) 03 October 2009
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From a Manchester United fan, I'd like to say you played very well today and deserved all 3 points. You didn't allow our team to settle, you weren't scared of any of our players, Malbranque in particular was superb. You have one of the best strike partnerships in the league. You'll do extremely well this season if you carry on playing like that, and i tip you for a European spot.
Well played and unlucky on not getting all 3 points today.

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posted Oct 5, 2009

The media don't seem to want too much "respect" for the refs, as it might adversely affect their ratings. This is what the FA are getting billions of pounds for.

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posted Oct 5, 2009

But the game itself is a great product. If Utd vs City 2 weeks ago had finished 4-4 it would have still been a fantastic match! That people would have enjoyed.

Ditto for many of the Arsenal matches this year (vs Blackburn, Man City, and Man Utd that I can remember off the top of my head). Refereeing is generally of a good standard, especially given how much players are cheating these days.

When a ball crosses the line but no goal is given, we get the usual moans (again media-driven) of "oh, if only we had technology". But when the same incident happens but the correct decision is made (over 90% of the time) you never hear media commentators say "look, this shows there is no need for technology, that would slow down the game and be too expensive for the majority of professional teams to buy".

Similar, when the referee / linesman makes a fantastic decision (be it a tight offside or a tackle that might or might not be a foul) the commentators say "ooh, he only just about got that one right, it was very close". They never say "what a great decision, he could easily have given that offside / a free-kick but he made absolutely the right decision, without the benefit of a reply. Superb".

You get that in cricket / rugby, but you never do in football. What all the ref-haters don't understand is that without a ref there is no game!

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posted Oct 5, 2009

Yes - the day that football is refereed from the tv studio I'll give up watching.

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posted Oct 5, 2009

If a player were to behave towards the referee in the same way as Ferguson behaved towards the 4th official; they would be sent off, banned for a few games, and the club fined for failing to control their players. Ferguson should be banned for his atrocious, uncontrolled, and childish behaviour. But of course he won't.

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posted Oct 5, 2009



Going back to an earlier point made by Brandy....

I wasn't witness to any of the press commenting weeks ago about having the right to hear what the manager is thinking. I'm not saying it didn't occur - I just totally disagree with this absolute tosh. The Press can ask any question they want I suppose, but they haven't any right to demand anyone's thoughts, whether it's in the public interest (it's still only a game?) or not.

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posted Oct 5, 2009

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If a player were to behave towards the referee in the same way as Ferguson behaved towards the 4th official; they would be sent off, banned for a few games, and the club fined for failing to control their players. Ferguson should be banned for his atrocious, uncontrolled, and childish behaviour. But of course he won't.

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I think we might need a season of multiple sendings-off for a multitude of modern-day offences, before players, coaches & managers finally see the penny drop.

Dissent, mild or not should receive a yellow card straightaway. Attempting to intimidate the ref also an automatic yellow. Feigning injury, waving imaginary yellow cards should also receive mandatory cautions.

If Fergie, Wenger

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posted Oct 5, 2009

If Fergie, Wenger, Terry & Gerrard, to mention but a few, were to receive just punishment consistently, we might see a (proper) change in attitude within the game.

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posted Oct 5, 2009

Oh. By the way Brandy...
I have never underestimated Fergie. He's the most successful manager ever because among other things he is a superb control freak, and knows exactly how far he can push the FA around. Nobody ever had the cojones to stand up to him, except a weakish attempt by Rafa last year. Jose knew better to stay clear of him.

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comment by Volvo54 (U6628836)

posted Oct 5, 2009

Ferguson, despite being a great manager, is a big baby, with his comments about officials. He only says what suits him. A few weeks ago he had his arm around Alan Wiley when it suited him, but just because he didn't get a win on Sat. he's whinging about time added on and the fitness of the ref. The FA needs to reel in all these loudmouthed managers and lay down the law to them, instead of pandering to their every wish, particularly Ferguson, who is a bad role model for younger managers.

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posted Oct 7, 2009

So, Wiley is not fit to be a Premiership referee. Well, with comments like the ones Ferguson makes, he is not fit to be a Premiership manager of any team let alone one as big as Manchester United.
Despite all his achievements, Mr Ferguson needs to remember that millions of kids look up to him. Does he not think they will react the same way he does. When he shouts his mouth off about things like this it makes me wonder why this Country saw fit to make him a Knight of the realm. Knights of the realm treat people with dignity and honour not vitriol and angst.

Grow up Ferguson. Stop behaving like a spoilt child and begin to act your age. Oh, and stop chewing that dreadful gum. You will be harbinger of thousands of stomach ulcers in years to come.

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