IT seems that over the past two seasons we as Liverpool fans are constantly complaining about at least one major decision per game that should have gone our way. I can’t think of a game, certainly this season were there hasn’t been a major talking point about a decision not going for us, or going against us.
Any fan from any club will always look for others to blame when results are not going in their favour.
However, for us Liverpool fans, I think we have more than enough reason for complaints from poor refereeing in our games this season.
In the two games against our biggest rivals this season, we have seen two huge decisions made that ultimately cost us three points. Shelvey’s dismissal against Manchester United came at a point when we were dominating, and as fans and pundits alike watched the footage replayed, it was clear that this was never a sending off offence. Then the Merseyside Derby. I’m still stuck on how a decision was made for Luis Suarez’s goal not to stand. The linesman only raised his flag once Suarez was in full celebration.
Needless to say we are not the only ones complaining about disastrous decisions made by officials. Everton’s game against Newcastle this season was full of comical decisions. Two blatant penalty decisions were not given and an effort that was deemed not to be over the line when it was a good 2 inches over.
Players and managers are dragged in front of an FA panel these days for criticising an official’s decision. When are the FA going to summon officials for poor performance? We are in 2012 and we are talking about the English Premier League; the biggest footballing league in the world. Only the best players get a shot at this league. Should this not also stand for the people officiating these games? Are these officials really the best that we can produce? If so, give me a whistle or a flag because I could do a better job myself. I often ask myself if these people in charge of games even understand the rules.
I agree that goal line technology is needed as soon as possible, but with goal line technology we could well be sitting here with just the 4 European Cups in our trophy cabinet. What worries me with video technology is that once it can be used for goal line instances and this is no longer a talking point, you will get people within the game wanting it introduced for offside decisions, penalty claims, and even bad tackles in order to get other players dismissed.
For me the FA need to focus on training match officials, because this decade the standard of officials has dropped enormously. Maybe the officials feel the pressure more these days due to the game being so much more of a business and the stakes much higher than previous years. Maybe the game is just corrupt, and officials will give preference to the players and managers who carry the biggest reputations on their shoulders. Either way, this is something the FA needs to address urgently, and aim to bring a more stable and consistent way of officiating games.
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