This season has seen some extraordinary refereeing decisions, from waving away the most blatant penalties to sending off the wrong player.
Perhaps I expect too much from them in the first place, but I am not wrong in questioning their performances this season.
Football fans will always accept that everyone makes mistakes. They will not accept, however, watching their teams lose and being robbed of a result. There is far too much money involved in the modern game for that.
Howard Webb for example, he is said to be the top referee in the country, and was voted the best referee in the world recently by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
In two big games this year, he got four huge calls wrong. Samuel Eto'o should have been sent off in the opening minutes of the Chelsea v Liverpool game for a vile challenge on Jordan Henderson's knee, Eto'o recieved no punishment. Later in the same game, Webb waved away Liverpool's appeal for a penalty after that man again Samuel Eto'o wiped out Suarez in the box, arguably the most blatant penalty all year. Webb was no more that five six yards away.
The second game was Arsenal at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup 5th round. Having awarded Liverpool a penalty a few moments earlier for a clear foul, Webb failed to see Oxlade-Chamberlain completely take out Suarez and therefore did not award a penalty, again missing arguably the most blatant penalty all year.
Later in the game, Webb did not show Steven Gerrard a red card, something that definitely should have happened. Whilst on a booking, Gerrard made a slide challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain but got it wrong and sent him tumbling without getting any of the ball, the most obvious of bookings.
These are two games that come to mind (I may be a Liverpool fan) but there are plenty others. Andre Marriner has made two howlers which have cost teams significantly. How in 2014, the wrong player can be sent off i will never know, as with the case of Keiran Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Marriner also gave a red card to Danny Rose in the fixture between Spurs and Man City, with replays showing it was a perfect tackle.
Referees do get a lot of things right, i see that, but that is there job. When you see them fail at that so badly, then you have to make decisions about their ability.
These decisions cost dearly. Maybe i do expect to much of a referee, but we live in a country that boasts the best and most exciting league in the world; a league that players all over the world want to play in and millions of fans follow week in week out. Maybe we should show the world that we have the best referees too.
After all these are meant to be the elite referees, the best in the business. If they are making so many errors on a regular basis, surely there has to be a change.
Did someone mention technology yet?
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