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Are referees guilty of giving key decisions to 'big' clubs?

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The age old debate of whether referees give important calls to the so-called big clubs is much discussed on the terraces but is this theory fact or fiction?

Most recently, a stunning rocket powered shot from the left boot of Cheick Tiote flew into the top-right hand corner of Joe Hart's goal.

There was pandemonium in the Newcastle stands as they watched their side appear to draw level against title contenders Manchester City.

However, Yoann Gouffran was adjudged by Mike Jones and his match officials to have been interfering with play and therefore the goal was chalked off. 

Alan Pardew could not quite believe the decision and told ESPN: "He's got that wrong and unfortunately that was a massive call. In these type of games that has got to go your way. It was probably easier for him to give the goal and I can't understand why he hasn't."

Another club feeling hard done by are Stoke City who feel so strongly about decisions going against them recently that they have filed an official complaint against Martin Atkinson.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates told The Sentinel: "We are again victims of poor refereeing and I am sick of it."

The comments follow on from referee Anthony Taylor awarding a penalty to Liverpool for a challenge by Marc Wilson on Raheem Sterling.

Coates added: "It is well known that the big clubs, especially at home, but often away too, get the big shouts.

"I am not questioning any referee's integrity, it's human nature. It's always been like that and it never changes."

In light of these comments, can it really be true that the more high profile teams get the big calls against the smaller clubs?

One argument could be that if these 'big' clubs spend more time attacking and dribbling past players in an opponent's box then it is natural for them to have a proportionally higher amount of penalties.

Another theory suggests that home advantage plays a key role in making up the referee's mind, many thousands of people screaming penalty at Old Trafford in an attempt to force the referee to point the spot would make it a challenge to stay impartial.

It must be a near impossible task to be a top-class referee but the idea that they are biased towards teams with a larger fan base seems rather suspect.

 

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