Matt’s in a tizzy about United AND City!

Matt Le Tissier is justifiably miffed that his beloved Southampton were cheated out of Manolo Gabbiadini’s perfectly valid goal in the League Cup Final.

The former Saints star has joined the chorus calling for the introduction of video technology to prevent miscarriages of football justice, instances of which are all too common in the top flight of English football.

Travesty - Southampton's 'goal' should've stood but was disallowed much to Le Tissier's annoyance.

Travesty – Southampton’s ‘goal’ should’ve stood but was disallowed much to Le Tissier’s annoyance.

Aggrieved Le Tissier said that had it been United scoring the disputed goal, referee Andre Marriner and his assistant would have allowed it, saying the ‘bigger’ teams generally have crucial decisions ‘go their way’ against the smaller clubs.

The Sky Sports TV pundit – usually the most balanced and articulate on the City-hating, United ass-kissing TV network  – queried whether it was more than coincidence that United had benefitted from scoring six offside goals at Old Trafford this season?

Unfair - Le Tissier questioned why Manchester United had been credited with six goals at The Swamp this season, all of which were offside?

Unfair – Le Tissier questioned why Manchester United had been credited with six goals at The Swamp this season, all of which were offside?

He then cited a bizarre example of one of the Premier League’s elite gaining an advantage over a bottom half club, involving Manchester City and Bournemouth.

The ex-England forward alleged when Bournemouth ‘equalised’ in City’s recent 2-0 win at the Vitality Stadium, it was the Fourth Official who alerted referee, Neil Swarbrick, to a foul by Joshua King – scorer of the disallowed goal – on City’s John Stones.

Ref Neil Swarbrick had an excellent game when officiating Bournemouth and City, but Le Tissier claims it was the intervention of the 4th official that helped cancel out a Bournemouth equaliser.

Ref Neil Swarbrick had an excellent game when officiating Bournemouth and City, but Le Tissier claims it was the intervention of the 4th official that helped cancel out a Bournemouth equaliser.

Now, I may have missed something here, but since when have Fourth Officials been transmitting messages to referees, during a game to ensure correct decisions are made?

Stones was clearly impeded by King at Bournemouth and Swarbrick made the right call, but if Le Tissier’s allegation is accurate, then why isn’t a myriad of wrong decisions being corrected during matches?

Blind, deaf, incompetent or what? Ref Andre Marriner has a litany of bad decisions against his name this season.

Blind, deaf, incompetent or what? Ref Andre Marriner has a litany of bad decisions against his name this season.

From City’s perspective, Le Tissier’s comment is ironic, in that Swarbrick’s handling of that game was the stand-out refereeing performance of the season, in a campaign riddled with incompetent and/or biased officials.

Supporters of all clubs will be able to produce examples of bad decisions by referees and their assistants, none more so than City, particularly when it comes to yesterday’s League Cup Final ref, Marriner.

Stonewall Sterling penalty - Raheem is denied a nailed on penalty appeal after being fouled by Spurs' Kyle Walker.

Stonewall Sterling penalty – Raheem is denied a nailed on penalty appeal after being fouled by Spurs’ Kyle Walker.

If, as Le Tissier says, referees are being guided by Fourth Officials during play, what the hell was going on when Marriner failed to award City a stonewall penalty against Spurs last month?

Raheem Sterling was unceremoniously shoved off the ball by Kyle Walker of Spurs, with the jaundiced mobs on BT Sports and BBC Match of the Day having to admit it should’ve been a penalty…even Walker held his hands up to the foul, albeit after the fact.

Scratch of the head - Marriner - clueless, inept, not fit for purpose - is he really that bad?

Scratch of the head – Marriner – clueless, inept, not fit for purpose – is he really that bad?

It was 2-1 to City at the time. A Yaya Toure penalty would almost certainly have made it 3-1 and City would’ve won the game. As it was Spurs went straight up the other end and made it 2-2.

So where was the message to Marriner on that occasion?

How come Marriner missed Sergio Aguero’s alleged elbowing – violent conduct apparently – of Winston Reid, when standing just 10 yards away with a clear line of sight, at the Etihad last August? It wasn’t in Marriner’s match report and hence the FA Panel stitched Aguero up with a retrospective three-match ban.

Apparently Andre Marriner 'missed' the controversial Aguero-Reid challenge when City played West Ham last August.

Apparently Andre Marriner ‘missed’ the controversial Aguero-Reid challenge when City played West Ham last August.

Why Marriner hasn’t been signed up for a lucrative advertising campaign by Specsavers, is a marketing mystery – rather like Andre’s on-field decisions

But, some modicum of salvation might not be too far away.

Video technology is due to be rolled out in a test programme next season focusing on ‘game-changing decisions’.

Shudda Gone to Specsavers - look at the man in black Andre Marriner - perfectly positioned to see the Aguero-Reid tussle - but Andre didn't see it!

Shudda Gone to Specsavers – look at the man in black Andre Marriner – perfectly positioned to see the Aguero-Reid tussle – but Andre didn’t see it!

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will run the hi-tech pilot, applying it to key incidents concerning goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

IFAB say 12 national associations have expressed an interest in hosting live trials, but it’s unlikely the Premier League will be a ‘guinea pig.’

Did it cross the line - errr yes, just a bit! Frank Lampard's disallowed 'goal' for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup - the catalyst for today's goal line technology.

Did it cross the line – errr yes, just a bit! Frank Lampard’s disallowed ‘goal’ for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup – the catalyst for today’s goal line technology.

The ‘video assistants’ are only likely to become part and parcel of the game in England if, as and when the technology is tried, tested and proven.

It can’t come soon enough for Le Tissier and all those who crave transparency, honesty and enhanced levels of integrity in football.

More technology is needed to ensure results are determined on merit and not on bad calls by match officials.

More technology is needed to ensure results are determined on merit and not on bad calls by match officials.

The majority of fans would much prefer that their team win or lose on merit. Far better than having results dictated or influenced by match officials who remain totally unaccountable for their actions.

 

 By David Walker

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Shades of Blue by David White - The winner of the Read But Never Red competition to win a signed copy of 'Whitey's' new book is RBNR reader Brian Entwistle, who correctly stated that David was born in 1967.

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24 Comments

  1. February 28, 2017  8:17 am by Will Reply

    The bias that Nitid have had this season is unreal. Refs used to bow the bacon face and now it is Maureen. City have had luck in the past of course but this is more than cancelled out the other way. I do not really want to go the way of cricket and rugby with all the reviews stopping and starting games - in cricket it is heavily abused imo. Maybe it could work for goal decisions only. Take a breather and 4th official signals good goal or not. Some will take longer to view and i would like benefit given to attacking side if unclear. There should also be retrospective 3 match bans for blatant diving plus the ability to upgrade yellows to red eg Herrera.

    • February 28, 2017  12:25 pm by David Walker Reply

      All good stuff Will. I'd be in favour of rugby union style TMOs for crucial incidents in games e.g. offsides where goals are 'scored' 'bad' fouls and penalty appeals. I'm definitely supportive of retrospective bans for diving and other simulation. The retrospective bans would cut out a lot of the play acting and diving so, the level of TMOs on this topic should be minimal.

      The big difference with football and rugby is that rugby players try not to show any weakness or physical injury. Footballers go down and roll around on any pretext - it's embarrassing in the extreme.

      Maybe also review yellow cards in the way that red cards can be rescinded. It's one thing punishing the guilty, but we should also look at exonerating the innocent e.g. Aguero and Sterling for alleged dives when they were actually fouled.

  2. February 28, 2017  8:34 am by David Richards Reply

    Video technology will be very welcome, it could cost Manchester United 12-15 points per season.

    • February 28, 2017  12:26 pm by David Walker Reply

      With you on that one Dave. Ultimately let's clean the game up and win or lose on merit.

  3. February 28, 2017  8:44 am by Guvnor Reply

    Video technology should be a must, it could should be implemented at every game and get those fourth officials off the line, they're only there to stop trouble between Managers. Let those Managers fight, they can afford fines, maybe left alone they would all grow up and stop being stupid on the line in front of everyone to see. As for Le Tissier, he is only bothered this week because of his beloved Southampton. All at Sky just try and stir it, just to get a reaction.

    • February 28, 2017  12:28 pm by David Walker Reply

      Good observations and comments Guvnor - thanks for the input and feedback. Mind you, I wouldn't mind seeing Pep beat the cr@p out of Jose on the sideline ;-)

  4. February 28, 2017  11:24 am by Richard Cooper Reply

    All fair points David. Personally I think 60/40 it is just poor officiating be it so called Big clubs or perceived Little Clubs.
    If City are now perceived to be a Big Club why was Sterling booked for diving when it was a penalty.
    In the past years ManU and Chelsea were somewhat skilled in intimidating referees, surrounding and challenging every decision. Thankfully that seems to have lessened in recent years.
    Last night, watchimg the Bundesliga highlights there was a blatant handball goal allowed to stand. (RB Leipzig I think). That was just poor officiating - don't think favouritism was part of that.
    Gone on a bit haven't I !!!!
    Am sure the beloved Saints have had a few decisions in their favour, and again on Sunday that was just pure and simply officials getting it wrong.

    • February 28, 2017  12:33 pm by David Walker Reply

      As ever RC you make a whole host of relevant points - thank you. For my part, I can't help but think there is some element of bias and corruption in the English game, both among some officials, the media and those with a vested interest. I cannot believe our referees can be as bad as they are as often as they are. If they really are that incompetent they should be sacked. Let's have enhanced video technology and rid the game of any suggestions of corruption - at least on the field of play.

  5. February 28, 2017  2:06 pm by Pete lynch Reply

    Fantastic, informative piece David. Thank you!

    • February 28, 2017  3:21 pm by David Walker Reply

      No thanks required ;-) - thank YOU for reading and commenting.

  6. February 28, 2017  3:42 pm by Susan Bookbinder Reply

    Great read as ever, David, you are our Blue Leader - the Voice of City fans!

    • February 28, 2017  5:48 pm by David Walker Reply

      Too kind - as ever - thanks for your generous feedback. As for 'Leader' - I vividly recall the words used on my Army discharge papers: 'The men will follow Captain Walker anywhere, if only out of curiosity...' thanks ;-)

  7. February 28, 2017  4:38 pm by Colin Savage Reply

    Strange comment by Le Tissier. He seems to be equating the fourth official helping the on-field ref get a decision right with those on-field officials getting decisions completely wrong that they should be getting right. The fourth official is highly unlikely to see an offside or a potential penalty decision but there's no excuse for some of the bizarre decisions we've seen in many City (and other) games. And the number of goals given for United that should have been disallowed is incredible. I accept that officials will genuinely make mistakes but some of those "mistakes" beggar belief when they come from so-called professionals. Video technology may well help but there are many events that are open to interpretation even after you've seen them numerous times so the danger is that the people making the bizarre decisions now will be the same ones interpreting those slo-mo playbacks in the future.

    • February 28, 2017  6:06 pm by David Walker Reply

      I hadn't thought of it that way - can you imagine the unbridled horror of the imbeciles at PGMOL having a leading role in the interpretation of video replays? Nonetheless, the introduction of TMO type aids for officials can only be a good thing, if only to try and eradicate the howlers that we can all see but, mysteriously some refs and linesman cannot. More transparency will - hopefully - make the game more 'honest' and less susceptible to an individual's bias or incompetence.

      Your comments are very much appreciated.

  8. March 1, 2017  2:59 am by David Williams Reply

    In rugby league when it goes to the video ref the onfield ref says whether he thinks it was,a try or not. The video ref looks into it but if the desicion is not clear then it goes back to the onfield refs decision. This clears upbany grey areas. I think video technology is long overdue but it might be easier on fans if it is only used on whether it is a goal or not and on penalty decisions. Later on they can bring in other decisions under the video technology.

    • March 1, 2017  10:38 am by David Walker Reply

      Obviously goal line technology already addresses whether or not the ball crosses the goal line. Penalty appeals and offside/onside goals should perhaps be the immediate focus of any other new video technology. One thing that most people agree upon is that the technology needs to be more widely applied for the good of the game in terms of transparency and integrity.

  9. March 1, 2017  2:06 pm by Bart Reply

    Personally I'm delighted that someone is speaking out from a position where they are watched by millions. Sadly we normally get the Moronic Merse, the pathetic Pinocchio or the Chimp that is Charlie. Speak up Matt & keep speaking up.
    If the 4th officials are aiding refs, it's about 30 years overdue, it should be an obligation & not something to be done on the QT. Standards are at an all time low, the above would help improve matters. However in terms of the darker side of our game & its management I think that is a matter for the Law.
    Look at the news on Monday morning, what an embarrassment when a dopey muppet screws things up & the wrong people are presented, surely Southampton should be called up to get their trophy? If not we're in La La Land!

    • March 2, 2017  9:41 am by David Walker Reply

      You've gone all Hollywood on us your Lordship ;-) Thanks for the entertaining feedback :-)

  10. March 2, 2017  8:08 am by By by Reply

    I love every word. Plz keep it up Mr. voice of man city fans. All d hate and evny and injustice towards us. Will only make them (every top team and press ) more desperate and stupid.

    • March 2, 2017  9:42 am by David Walker Reply

      Thank you - I can but try and make a contribution for the greater good of our team.

  11. March 2, 2017  1:07 pm by Zahar Abdul Rahman Reply

    I assumed Le Tessier meant the 5th official aka goal line officials. But whatever it is, it was a bad decisions by the match officials altogether. There has been numerous mistakes by the ref all season showing how bad the standards of refreeing has become.

    As for retrospective decisions, PGMOL should have called experienced ex-players to sit and watch the videos and decide what naturally would have contributed to those on-field incidents and suggests the proper punishments.

    • March 2, 2017  2:37 pm by David Walker Reply

      We don't have the utterly useless 'goal line' officials in domestic competitions, only in European games. Le Tissier clearly stated the '4th Official' and, as I said in the blog, I'm pretty sure the 4th official doesn't - or certainly doesn't usually - influence key decisions on the field of play. Were they to do so, it means we would already have some form of secondary means of confirming whether the referee has made a right or wrong call. I'm definitely with you on extra video technology and retrospective viewing panels to review cases of diving, play acting etc.

  12. March 18, 2017  1:31 pm by Stuart Reed Reply

    Bit late on this one, but a really good read Dave.

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