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Officials Treat City Harshly

There seems to be a worrying trend this season of City players being singled out for harsher treatment than opposing players. This was again apparent last night when City received four yellows and a red, whilst no Reading player was cautioned.

You can't argue with the yellow card for Sinclair as it was a bad and brainless tackle by an experienced player who should know better.

However, the other yellows for Reyna, Barton and Distin were extremely harsh, a view also expressed by the neutral Sky TV commentators.

Dabo, who didn't have the greatest of games can justifiably feel aggrieved for receiving a red card for a legitimate aerial challenge with Sidwell, who for me seemed to stay down as if he'd been pole-axed.

The TV replay showed Dabo's eyes had throughout, been firmly fixed on the ball and at worst he brushed Sidwell with his palm or forearm; there were no flailing elbows and the Reading player would have us believe.

I don't know what Referee's expect players to do when they jump for a ball. Is the ruling now that you have to 'pogo' in punk-rocker style with your hands down by your knees or do some sort of Michael Flatley Irish jig from Riverdance?

It wasn't a dirty game at all last night and for the most part, played in great spirit, but the game ended with yet another attention-seeking Referee seeing fit to dish out four yellows and a red when there was no reason to. In true Alan Brazil style, we need to ask 'WHY ???'

Is our special treatment a result of the Thatcher incident I wonder? The irony there is that he only got a yellow for that shocking challenge whilst his team-mates got the same for much lesser transgressions.

Where's the consistency ?

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Date:Tuesday September 12 2006

Time: 8:54AM

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Barton was definitely booked on reputation for a perfectly fair tackle again a failure of Referees failing to show any sort of consistency. The Premiership as touted as the best League in the world we certainly have the WORST set of Referees it is time the authorities showed the same diligence when appointing and instructing Referees as they do when tinkering with the rules
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12/09/2006 15:56:00

The ref had a poor game. It was good, honest end-to-end match and apart from Sinclair no other cards should have been given
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12/09/2006 20:43:00

I agree with your sentiments, alphieblues. For all the Premiership hype we really do have a poor set of officials.
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13/09/2006 16:13:00


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