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There has been a lot of criticism of referees this season especially of late, after Martin Atkinson has failed to see critical decisions that seemed to the naked eye pretty straight forward. As we have all heard Mourinho has picked out minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69 to be the most critical point where Martin Atkinson really needed to do his job and failed. The most critical point of the game came on the 69th minute where Nemanja Matic was sent off for retaliating to what was a horrifying tackle …

After Man United’s courageous exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, and Arsenal’s imminent bow to Bayern Munich, this Champions League looks like it is going to be the first in 17 years to not feature a single English side in the Quarter-Finals. You would have to go back to the 1995/1996 season, when Blackburn, the only English team, finished bottom in the group stage.
For years, English teams had dominated the Champions League, producing at least 1 Champions League finalist every year between 2005 and 2009, …

Jose Mourinho demonstrated in Copa del Rey the perfect strategy to approach a two-leg Cup tie with 2nd leg playing away. A week after their triumph at Camp Nou, Real Madrid was looking for an encore at the Theatre of Dreams. Trailing only by an away goal, Jose Mourinho fielded his strongest formation, with focus all on the returning Cristiano Ronaldo.
Although the Portuguese promised to attack outside their home soil, Real Madrid struggled to take control of the game early on. Manchester United were disciplined and composed with possession. Instead …

I’m a big fan of West End musicals and whilst I was considering the outcome of the Arsenal Manchester City game last Sunday it very much reminded me of the plotline of We Will Rock You.  If you haven’t seen it, let me give you a basic overview.  In the future the world is controlled by a fictional company, Globalsoft, a Media organisation that has evolved into control of everything with the help of Cyberspace and Media control.  Dissenters are ignored, reprogrammed and like what they are told to like.
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The quality of officiating has never failed to emerge as a heated topic. The Linesman has not been once highlighted the fact that officials have let the football fans down. Sometimes it could even cost a manager’s job. Mark Hughes would be the first to protest. Mbia’s temperament left QPR a very deep hole to dig out of, but it was Mikel Arteta’s offside goal which ruined Julio Cesar’s brilliant day and robbed QPR a hard-fought point.
Referees are human beings and they make mistakes. With only a split second in …

With the Premier League briefly abandoning us in favour of the long, mostly boring road to World Cup qualification, I took the opportunity to watch some women’s football, via the Continental Cup Final. Arsenal and Birmingham played out a game full of quality, with Kim Little’s long-range cracker sealing a deserved 1-0 win for the Gunners, but it was the spirit in which the two teams played that stood out.

For two weeks in a row, brilliant goals and matches in England are overshadowed by dubious referee decisions. Regretfully, this has not happened just once this season. Are the top teams too protected by the referees? Is this bunch of officials actually capable of officiating matches at the pace of the EPL?
Ashley Young looked like making the Great Britain Olympics team in two consecutive weeks, where Wenger and Tony Fernandez both reacted furiously to the diver. Started off from an offside position, Ashley Young ensured he was on the ground …

By the time Danny Welbeck went down in the box, Branislav Ivanovic had well and truly pulled out of his challenge. You could see by the extremley awkward stance and tangle of legs as the Serbian attempted to manouver his body into a twister position simply not possible. Welbeck then planted his foot in front of Ivanovic’s and then tumbled down like a train had just driven into his back.
Now that may be looking at it from a Chelsea perspective, however there was very minimal contact, certainly not enough to …

In the last few weeks I have enjoyed some entertaining, fascinating and gripping feasts of football which have, unfortunately, been marred by a series of unfortunate events that have led me to question a few things and also reopen an age old debate.
‘Modern’ football seems to be entering an interesting phase where “X Factor” culture seems to dominate. No matter what magic happens during the main event, we often find ourselves drawn into a debate about the referee, in the same way the viewers of the X Factor’s attention is …

Over the past week, more than ever, has seen controversial issues, refereeing decisions, and press conferences that have made football fans query the sanity of the game. From sending offs to goals, fouls to ignorant managers, the last few days have thrown together such a wide variety of talking points, it’s no wonder that football forums such as these are continually growing in numbers. A few incidents particularly over the recent weeks have intrigued me, and I want to explore a few of them.
The first thing that struck me, was …