Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been charged by the FA for his conduct during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Holloway felt his side’s opening fixture was marred by poor refereeing and claimed that “certain clubs get fouls and others don’t”.
A Roberto Soldado penalty proved the difference in what was otherwise a close affair, though Holloway felt Dean Moxey’s handball that led to the spot-kick was unavoidable. In fact, such was his dismay at several of Mark Clattenburg’s decisions, the Palace gaffer waited nearly forty minutes after the final whistle to confront the officials in their dressing room.
The FA have also reacted angrily over comments made to the media after the match, claiming that Holloway implied referees were “motivated by bias” and subsequently “brought the game into disrepute”. He has until four o’clock on August 23rd to respond to the charges.
In his first Premier League stint with Blackpool, Holloway endured similar run-ins with the Premier League, threatening to resign after the Tangerines were disciplined for fielding a weakened side against Aston Villa.
It was not only Holloway that found himself in the dock for such an offence; Wolves were fined £25,000 in 2009 after then manager Mick McCarthy fielded a weakened side against Manchester United while his side were in the midst of a relegation battle.
Holloway’s grievances are understandable given both his sides have faced an uphill struggle in the top flight. However, his years of managerial experience must have taught him that countless remonstrations with football’s elite will get him nowhere.
Rather, they only serve as an unwanted distraction and shift the limelight away from the players that have fought so hard for Premier League football.
Whether Palace will go on to find themselves the victims throughout the season is ultimately irrelevant. Taking on the Premier League is an undesirable and unwinnable mission.
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