By Tony Attwood
We won 5-7. I mention it for the 2% of the away support who left before the end. Mike Dean is the ref.
Does anyone have anything we can say about this match which doesn’t rattle on about the 8-2 defeat last season? If not, then fine, here is a vague approximation of the teams…
Santos Vermaelen Mertersacker Sagna
Walcott Giroud Podolski
On the beach (sorry bench)… Martínez, Jenkinson, Yennaris, Djourou, Koscielny, Coquelin, Gnarby, Arshavin, Chamakh
And the injured list:
The Penalty Story
And this story is that in the matches between Arsenal and Manchester U there have been nine penalties.
- All of them have been at Old Trafford
- Seven of them have been for Manchester United
- Five of the nine penalties have failed to result in a goal
But the real problem is the ref. Just read the review from last season to see a level of bias so extraordinary that it is well, just extraordinary. PGMOL have failed to respond to this, no commentary on this is ever made on the mass media apart from when the BBC did their piece on us, and yet here is a man who…
Well, why don’t I just reprint the conclusion of the review of this referee last year….
Strange referee decisions can be
a) random – just having a bad moment
b) the result of poor refereeing – the ref is not good enough
c) the result of the ref trying to help his own career
d) because of a match being fixed by a club
To look for a moment at c) there are people who have a great feeling on doing what is best for their own personal career. They don’t do things because they dislike a team or a person. But they think, “who can I make happy so he can help me along with my career.” And when I look at the career of Dean I have the impression he is one of those people who have a great feeling of serving the right person at the right time. I stress that is just a personal feeling – there is no evidence other than the evidence that something is wrong.
Of course it could be a coincidence that Arsenal almost never lost a game under him when Dein was an important person in the FA. Of course it could be a coincidence that Arsenal started dropping points under Dean when Dein was no longer at the FA.
Likewise it could be a coincidence that he gave Manchester United and their manager a few happy moments when turning a blind eye since Mike Riley became the head of the referees. Of course it could be a coincidence that QPR, who sponsors the referees in the PL are the team that gets most of the decisions under him. Of course it could be a coincidence that Harry Redknapp the media’s favourite club manager/destroyer/next England manager got more wins than normal when Dean was in charge of his games.
It all could be coincidences. Coincidences do happen. But if you look at the bigger picture you also could ask yourself: are they really all coincidences? Or are we seeing a very clever man who does what he feels need to be done to launch his own career?
But at the end we come back to the fundamental basic point: we have no independent evidence. We just have the views of a group of referees monitoring another referee on the pitch.
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