Date:Sunday January 8 2012
Vital Manchester City member, Mancitygal4eva sent us the following.
Referees, they are a selected few appointed to keep the game fair and just. Except most of the time they don't.
No far too often these days a referee will decide that they are bored of the anonymity and they decide that 'today is their day', yes today will be the day their name is finally in the press.
Today was that lucky day for one particular ref, Lancashire's own Chris Foy. Obviously being given the job of controlling the 162nd Manchester derby proved to tempting an opportunity to pass up for Mr Foy as he decided to take a decision which would certainly put his name in the tabloids.
The St Helen's man, no stranger to controversy (just ask the Spurs fans), ruined a tantalising game by wrongly dishing out a red to Belgian colossus Vincent Kompany. Despite the City captain taking possession of the ball he was given his marching orders by the referee which in turn led to his team collapsing to 3-0 down before half time.
Despite the obvious disadvantage of 10 men versus 12, the home side valiantly fought back to take the game to 3-2 thanks to a stunning free kick from Aleksander Kolarov which was dully followed up by some sublime skill from Sergio Aguero.
And most would agree that the Blues were unfortunate to end the game without the replay they so richly deserved. A controversial penalty call from a Phil Jones handball being just one of their late and numerous chances.
Yet it wasn't to be, despite a superb performance from Aguero and a typical warrior like second half display from Pablo Zabaleta, City fans will be left to rue the controversial and numerous bad calls from the in the black.
Respect the referee?! They will get that when they respect the game.
Date:Sunday January 8 2012
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