January 18, 2013 by Made In Brum
I am not one to constantly criticise referee’s, as they have a difficult job. But sometimes, a bit of common sense wouldn’t go amiss. This week alone we have seen two howlers decide the outcome of games.
At Villa Park last Saturday, Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez dived (or as ref’s call it, simulated) to earn his side a penalty in the relegation six pointer against our neighbours Aston Villa. Ricky Lambert stepped up and scored, the game ended 1-0. Although I think Villa have to partly look at themselves and their inability to score, that decision changed the end result and mabe the course of the season for both sides.
After the game, pundits and players alike came out to discuss the incident. The referee got away with it virtually scot free.
At St. Andrews on Tuesday night in the FA Cup replay, with the scores tied at 1-1, Paul Robinson is adjudged to have handled the ball, the referee Andy Woolmer awarded a penalty. His linesman, who is seven or eight yards away, informed him that Robinson was outside the area. But the referee, 20 yards away, decided he thought it was inside the area. El-Hadji Diouf scored the spot kick, Leeds won 2-1 and the decision cost Blues, who are in financial trouble, a money-spinning televised fourth round tie a home to Spurs.
Since the tie, the referee hasn’t spoke about the decision. When we contacted the referee’s association, they told us that Andy Woolmer ‘refused to comment’. Why? These decisions cost teams titles, relegations, the cost managers jobs, the least he can do is apologise for the incorrect decision.
Lee Clark has sent a video of the incident to the football league and is awaiting a reply, however, Blues are out of the cup, its too late. Referee’s have to come out after a bad decision and speak to the media, give us the answers head on. In any other job, in any other walk of life, doing your job wrong, or badly, is punishable. Why isn’t this the case for referee’s?
And all this cobblers about ‘they even themselves out’ is garbage. Try working out how many times a decision has gone against, say, Manchester United, and then work out how many decisions a team like Wigan or Norwich have had against them. If the same incident’s had happened against a ‘big club’ in the Premier League, you would never hear the end of it.
By Rob Wildey