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Ref Says At Old Trafford You Play Until THEY Win


Vital Manchester City received the following article from Sindbad.

Football refereeing expert and former world Cup referee, Graham Poll has commented on claims Ferguson has 'influence' over refereeing decisions, particularly at Old Trafford. Indeed Poll has possibly gone as close as any man in his position could go, short of confirming it from personal experience.

These are the relevant comments as reported by the Mail:

'In my after dinner speech I often tell how I got the 'hairdryer' from Alex Ferguson on one of my first visits to Old Trafford for not knowing one of the rules of football; at the home of Manchester United you play until they win!'

'For as long as I can remember fans have had the suspicion that Ferguson has an influence over referees decisions and appointments and with Mike Riley - one of 'Fergies favourites' - having taking over as the head of refereeing for the PGMOL, they will be looking even closer at the referees at the home of the Champions.'


To read what the Daily Mail published, click here.

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Writer: Sinbad Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 21 2009

Time: 10:25AM

Your Comments

To all the rags fans and pundits who are pointing out that manure have a habit of scoring late, late late late late late winners, could it be because of the propensity of the ref's at the swamp to play extra extra extra extra time? Nah, course not.
fifthcolumnblue
the ref should be held accountable for it!, ive also noticed alot of ppl saying SEE I TOLD YA MONEY DOESNT BUY A TEAM i mean wtf we lost 1 game in dodgy circumstances and all the pundits are saying i told you so, and as for rednose saying the power is with manure what a feckin joke he is if he thinks beating us 4-3 at the swamp proves there a better team then hes clearly deluded!, why do we only get vile out of the manure camp? every article in the press is bitter and sly why do manure do it and why do the press print it!
mark.mcfc.wedged
What was dodgy about it? Every media outlet you care to think of has clearly outlined how injury time is calculated within the rules of the game. You do realise that you had as much opportunity to win the game as we did? After your last minute goal you had ample momentum and oppertunity to go for the victory or defend properly to see out the game - you did neither - Manchester United, the FA, the referee and the press had no hand in your downfall - it was the idiocy of leaving one of the best marksmen in the game unmarked in the box that cost you!
tuscan3000
Wow. So tiny tim cratchet has now become one of the best marksmen in the game eh? Whatever happened to that poll on vital tampax suggesting that 75% of your posters (yes, all 3 of them) were somehwat "less than happy" about his signing? Mickey Owen - a genius because he scores one goal. HA HA!
fifthcolumnblue
lol! Nice to see two scousers playing a big part in The Great Rag Robbery.
Johnny Baguette
so tell me tuscan why are manure so bitter towards city? why is it that every press article is sly and bitter? i mean for a club that doesnt care about city you dont half go on about us, and what was it taggart said ? its us that cant stop speaking about you? ffs just read the press form the last week its all bitter manure comments from players fans and managers
mark.mcfc.wedged
Filthy manchester scum.. The red half.
JT_daniel
Tuscan... the rules state 30 seconds a sub and 30 seconds for excessive goal celebration. So if you assume every goal in the second half had an excessive celebration and add on the subs that's 4 minutes total (not including Owens goal). There were no injuries (physios weren't on the pitch once) or timewasting so that's all the injury time there should be. That's 4 minutes total and that's assuming every goal was celebrated excessively. So where exactly was that calculated correctly?
MCFC_Goatboy
as a neutral, was a good game to watch and (sorry lads) was nice to see Hughes face (not his biggest fan ... sorry again! LOL) but I can certainly feel your pain, 1st year of the PL Villa came second to Man Utd - in truth we gave it away but I remember at the time someone working it out and they'd played something like 40-45 mins more football than us! Maybe it was an urban myth which has grown in minutes as the yaers have rolled on!
The Fear
MCFC GOATBOY i suggest u watch MOtd2 and it would clear it up for u, but no u citey fans are so thick and deluded, u cant accept u LOST, end off, uve been proved by pundits who know about football that the goal was legitimate, sour grapes from u blues......gotta love gary nevilles celebration at the end to u dirty city *****, absolutely loved that!!!!
isaacb25
Lets get the FA investigating into him then eh? Like all you scum bags demanded for Ade. Hyprocritcal tw@
Joe0161
Adebayor got off lightly so why u are complainging about that is ridiculous, u defending Ade's behaviour from last week shows what an imbecile u really are
isaacb25
AHAHAH you idiots are still on this? Are you of the notion that the score will change or we are going to be docked points? Why are you still wasting your time on this issue? Oh, you want an investigation as to why every goal we ever scored since 1878 has been in the 20th minute of extra time? Or are you just looking to take someone down with Adebayor? Well I say good luck with all of that. No really I mean that sincerely.
ForeverUnited
isaac why should I take any notice of the rag lovers on match of the day when I've just quoted you the rules as they are written down by the FA itself? United fans are so thick and delluded u can't accept u CHEATED end off. You've been proved by the laws of the game.
MCFC_Goatboy
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/5640/landthattimeforgottheuk.jpg
iceman10
When did I say I was defending Ade's behaviour? I'm saying, in the interest of fairness, Neville should be investigated for commiting a similar 'offense' - but of course because he plays for the rags he'll not even get a quiet telling off will he? Before you call me an "imbecile" you should read and understand what I've stated. Hillarious.
Joe0161
If the rules do say that you add thirty seconds for excessive celebrating then fair play I'm wrong. But everywhere I've seen it discussed its been said that there were 56 seconds between the goal you scored and the restart. That what caused a minute to be added to the 4 mins. Then there was the anderson substitution which would add 30 seconds.
tuscan3000
Also, thanks to the comments from Graham "rent-a-quote" Poll about watching added time at OT a bit closer - sky sports news did just that. They found that last season no team in the ENTIRE league was awarded less injury time at home than Manchester United. But please, don't let a silly thing like facts get in the way of your conspiracy theories....
tuscan3000
You were the better team first half,and proved in the last 2 games you can score,a lot,against the run of play,against half of the so called big four,3 at OT with 1 working striker?You're right to feel miffed about the added time though,even I was shouting abuse at the TV after and I'm supposed to be a neutral!
CoxintheBox
Villa fan - absolutely baffled. Only at Old Trafford...same thing happened to us last year when Macheda scored in the 95th minute. NO idea where that came from....
lucyryder
The referee first indicated 3 minutes which was too much and then added on more. Surely it is plainly obvious that we were playing Fergie time at The Theatre Of Glory-Hunters!
Kevinho
 

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