Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Referees and The Top Four

Referees and The Top Four

In the wake of Jose Mourinho's mistaken comments about a new rule favouring yooonited and penalties (it's not a new rule Jose, it's been going on since at least 1993) I was doing a little pre derby research when I came across these words penned by ex ref Jeff Winter in the Eveining Gazette (Middlesborough).

They present an interesting view from someone who has experienced the joys of refereeing in the Premiership.

How much is true read for yourself.
However it is interesting that someone who has reffed at the top level believes that the top clubs are favoured even more so these days.


Jeff Winter in the EVENING GAZETTE


For years, and throughout my career, I defended referees vigorously, basing my argument on my own attitude and that of my colleagues at the time.



I pointed to the fact that smaller sides had few penalties awarded at the grounds of the big boys because they were usually defending and that lessened the attacking opportunities.



In my day David Elleray sent off Roy Keane four times, Alan Wilkie gave two penalties against Liverpool at Anfield in one game and I believe that my track record suggested that I was not scared, influenced or intimidated by anyone.



Now, by making that statement I am not being clever or arrogant, just confirming that I did my job honestly, fairly and to the best of my ability.



I sometimes made mistakes, I was only human. However, even though the game has got more difficult since I retired, due to player behaviour, I believe there is now a real problem with referees and their treatment of the big sides.



When Philip Don was in charge of the referees, he was as straight as a die, so much so that the number of yellow and reds was so high that he was upsetting the clubs and he got the sack.



Now the present management structure tries to keep everybody happy. There are fewer referees getting the big games and the power of the major clubs is so great that a referee who upsets the big four is often blocked from refereeing the big games for a while.



So I wonder at times if referees are being subconsciously influenced by the big boys. If this is the case then we face frightening times because the whole moral framework of an independent referee is being threatened.



Referees are now professional, their livelihoods are at risk, and the power of a Chelsea or a Man United is so great that a referee can be dispensed with and lose his livelihood.



Like with a football club when things are going wrong it is often the manager that gets the sack.



I still speak to many of my former colleagues. There is favouritism and cliques within refereeing circles. It appears that the Polls and Styles of this world can do no wrong, while referees like Mark Halsey who is constantly one of the highest marked refs, never gets a look in when cup finals come along.



There needs to be strong independent management of the referees to give them back their confidence.



The 'Yes' men who currently run the system need replacing, but then again if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. I watch referees breaking into the Football League at Darlington and Pools and you see ambitious young men refereeing with fear because of the assessor in the stand.



A referee is never going to be popular, people will always have their own biased view of any incident, but they have to be strong and in turn get strong support from their masters. It is a bit like the school bully situation. If you don't stand up to them, they will walk all over you.



The clubs have too much say and too much influence over the appointment and management of referees and until someone has got the bottle to stand up to them things will not change. Don't hold your breath.


Who says the Premiership doesn't favour the big four?

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football
Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Friday April 27 2007
Time: 6:03PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Comments

0
Probably true, but still with a difference between those top four. If FA had a decent board that would look at controversial decisions and give out bans after the game, maybe the refs would be more courageous to do the right thing immediately. When it comes to Poll and Styles, one of those sure shows his opinions about one of the top clubs at his sleeve which have made Chelsea try to block him. No wonder, but not really good for the game. I used to have respect for Poll, but no moer. After his fiasco in the WC, he is not the same ref anymore. Now he seems to use the games as a way for his own prejudice.
Lindy
27/04/2007 19:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

A Mixed Bag Of Injuries For Manchester City FC

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Manchester City and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

The Ped into Europe Report City 0-0 Real Madrid

Job Half Done by the Blues

Andre Marriner In Charge Of Saints v Man City

The Premier League has selected Andre Marriner to officiate this weekend's game between Southampton and Manchester City.

City - Player Ratings Team Of The Season

Statistics website WhoScored.com applied individual player ratings after each game in the Premier League this season, and Manchester City find themselves with Nicolas Otamendi...

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Sedgie
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many goals, if any will City score against Southampton?
Suggested By: Tudor
Five or more0%
Four4%
Three32%
Two40%
One12%
City won't score12%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 35 22 10 3 76 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Man City 35 19 7 9 64 32
4 Arsenal 35 18 10 7 64 24
5 Man Utd 34 17 8 9 59 12
6 West Ham 34 14 14 6 56 14
7 Liverpool 34 15 10 9 55 13
8 Southampton 35 15 9 11 54 12
9 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
10 Stoke 35 13 8 14 47 -14
11 Everton 34 9 14 11 41 5
12 Watford 34 11 8 15 41 -7
13 WBA 35 10 11 14 41 -11
14 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -19
15 Swansea 35 10 10 15 40 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 39 -9
17 Sunderland 34 7 10 17 31 -18
18 Norwich 34 8 7 19 31 -25
19 Newcastle 35 7 9 19 30 -26
R Aston Villa 35 3 7 25 16 -44
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

May 1 2016 4:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 8 2016 4:00PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear996
2.Tudor539
3.Johnny Baguette492
4.Skoorb436
5.Colin Is The King308
6.fifthcolumnblue242
7.Bluedub197
8.Rising112
9.seac105
10.OziMan97