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Guardian Stattos Unveil Big Four Stoppage Time Fix



Millions of people banging on for years about the injury time granted at Old Trafford when the rags were not winning have been proven right...

Dan Taylor, The Grauniad's man in Manchester who in the heat of the moment I accused of being a rag this weekend has leapt straight back into the VMC good books with a stunning piece of hackery.

The survey using Opta statistics followed united and the rest of the Big Four's league matches since the beginning of the 2006-2007 season.

Key findings over the three seasons are:

"On average, there has been over a minute extra added by referees when United do not have the lead after 90 minutes, compared to when they are in front. In 48 games when United were ahead, the average amount of stoppage time was 191.35 seconds. In 12 matches when United were drawing or losing there was an average of 257.17sec...

"The average stoppage time added at Old Trafford in the period in question is below that given at Anfield, the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge. United's is 205 seconds, compared to Liverpool's 210sec, Arsenal's 224sec and Chelsea's 229sec. But there is also evidence to support the suspicions of many managers, players and supporters that United get preferential treatment at home. When Owen made it 4-3 on Sunday the game was five minutes and 26 seconds into stoppage time. In total, the referee, Martin Atkinson, allowed almost seven minutes, even though the fourth official had signalled a minimum of four."

For the full story go to:
Revealed: Manchester United get more injury time when they need it

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 22 2009

Time: 9:54AM

Your Comments

Hmmm I wonder if teams waste a little more time when leading or drawing against a "big four" club? Just a thought.......
iceman10
The Wiley and Taggart 97th minute laugh in.... http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/2648778/Manchester-City-will-launch-complaint-over-behaviour-of-fourth-official-Alan-Wiley-in-Sundays-derby-with-Manchester-United.html
Johnny Baguette
They just also confirmed on sky that average time when they are winning is 3 minutes 11 and 4m 17 when they're losing... coincidence?
MCFC_Goatboy
Sunday's 7 minutes blow that theory out of the water iceman10. There wasn't time for City to catch breath in that second half let alone time waste at 1-1 2-2 or 3-3.
Johnny Baguette
United you won't win anything this season this is a curse,see it will happen coz justice never fails in the god's book
neverstops
Surely, once michael owen put us in front the ref should have stopped the game. Instead he played up unitl the 97th minute - he obviously didnt get the memo!
tuscan3000
Next two league derbies are in Manchester. Bring them on.
Johnny Baguette
no doubt if the final whistle had been blown on exactly four mins,taggart would have blown a fuse 'oh we made a sub,craig bellamy did this'
mcfcirish
Exactly irish. From his downcast and defeated hands in the pockets at 3-3 to the greatest Manchester derby ever. lol!
Johnny Baguette
tuscan... after the Owen goal there was only 16 seconds of play... he definitely got the memo.
MCFC_Goatboy
I have to say as soon as Bellamy scored our third goal the words insatntly out of my mouth were " thats it Fergie time". It really is becoming a joke that this is such a well known occurance that obsolutely anyone you say it to knows what you mean even if they don't really even follow football. To be fair we were under the cosh for quite a large spell at the end of the game and should have defended far better knowing that. Owen was given far too much room and loves scoring that sort of goal. Its done now we can't change the rusult, bring on the cup run starting with Fulham.
dave0
I cant speak for every other team, but from going to Emirates every week, teams who are drawing or winning waste lots of time. Lots of tactical fouls, play acting(the old groin pull), players taking ages to sub off to the extent they make sure they are on the other side of the pitch before being subbed, goalkeepers taking ages to take goal kicks(to then get booked after the 10th time). In this case i am with City, as i dont know where the extra time came from. That aside the reasons i have stated probably come in to your theory above.
paul_ownz
It was fixed.
JT_daniel
Well you can't say that anybody would have thought of anything different. I wonder which 1 of the 4 receive the most time when they are losing or drawing? It wouldn't be United by any chance would it?
Kevinho
 

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