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Stuart Attwell Leaves City Fans Fuming

Manchester City fans were left fuming yesterday following inconsistent refereeing decisions by match official, Stuart Attwell.

The game finished with the Blues beating Wolves 3-1; however, Attwell and his assistants were constantly accused of making poor decisions. Is this man fit for purpose?

We at Vital Manchester City have had numerous forum comments regarding the Premier League referee, none more so than VMC member Skoorb.

'Not quite sure where to put this comment and I am reluctant to start one to solely discuss the performance of the ref but I have to say this...could Stuart Attwell have been more awful than he was today? His performance beggared belief. He was dreadfully inconsistent at best; downright biased at worst.'

'He constantly awarded free kicks against City but allowed similar challenges by Wolves players go unpunished. He failed to award free kicks for two challenges on Silva in the first half one of which should have resulted in a yellow card as the tackle was from behind. He also failed to award a free kick (or the associated booking) for obstruction on Balotelli as he tried to pass the centre half and reach the ball before Hennessey, and although he did award a free kick for Henry's obstruction/rugby tackle on Toure he failed to book the player.'

'I believe prior to kick off City may have had the lowest number of yellow cards in the Premier League. What on earth would mean that the team would commit more than 3 times the number of fouls than the away team - 17 versus 5?'


The author found a similar complaint when Attwell officiated another Premier League game in September 2010 when Newcastle played Liverpool. The Daily Mail article can be found here.

Do you agree or disagree with Skoorbs comments. If you have something to say please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section directly below this article.




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Date:Sunday October 30 2011

Time: 8:54AM

Your Comments

What really grinds my gears is that several news outlets are reporting that the City fans were booing the team at half-time. They clearly didn't hear the chants of "the referee's a Wayne Kerr", because all the venom was directed solely at Atwell. When Dzeko practically had his head ripped off in the box by a Wolves defender yet we didn't get a penalty, you knew it wasn't going to be our day with this ref.
fifthcolumnblue
@fifth. Spurs fan here. Was watching the game from here in Dubai and it did come across on the coverage as if there were boo's at halftime. I must admit I found it quite strange and thought it was a comical joke by the fans, but it hindsight it makes sense that they were directing it at the ref. BTW, agree with the article. Good luck in the CC against the Scum.
thenuge
Cheers Nuge, we'll do our best to make the Spurs fans happy on that particular day!
fifthcolumnblue
He had a shocker. The FA have to start getting rid of refs who clearly don't cut it and this guy simply doesn't cut it. The guy was biased and this was about his general decision making not the penalty he gave. Agree with you Fifth hard to believe you don't get a penalty for being put in a headlock these days.
cochise
Anyone who can give a goal whe the ball goes nowhere near the net can't be real. Still we did well in the last 15 with 10 against 12.
pedmachine
The boos were defintely directed against tbe referee. I was there & there was no frustration against the team. Have watched MoTD & you get no idea of the ref's performance. The extended highlights on Sky are better but tainted by the poor commentary provided by Trevor Francis who seemed to gloss over any of the fouls committed by Wolves players including offering no comment on the foul on Dzeko being hekd round the neck before Silva's shot is blocked & denying seeing the tackle from behind on Silva. Very poor.
Skoorb
Worst performance by a referee for one of our games since both of Walton's disgraceful stitch-up jobs against his favourite team Everton.
StuMCFC
why did the FA allow this so called 'Fast track' of officials, in the 1st place? i was always thought that you learn your trade in the lower leagues and if you are good enough you progress, if not you stay where you are, alledgedly, Attwell refereed in the Japanese J League for a stint before coming back home, after yesterdays performance i wish he had stayed there.... very poor game, and i'm not normally against the ref as it is a hard job to do......
cityman51
@ fcb. i agree completely. i emailed the guys running the daily mail commentary to let them know that the ref was being booed and they (somewhat surprisingly) actually posted it and thanked me for clearing it up.
redwhiteandbluemoon
Absolute disgrace .....his next game should be Gateshead v Braintree Town,
Doody
Big Mick attempted to suggest the Blues going mental all around me at Attwell were going at our brilliant team. Unbelievable that the Anti-city brigade hacks leapt in on it. Oh no it's not.
Johnny Baguette
 

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