Stoke City’s Victor Moses v Sheffield United’s Rory McArdle: Only Referees Are Banned From Crying Foul
ARE football referees getting worse? Is’ts not an easy job. For instance, look at this incident from Bradford City v Sheffield United. Is it a foul on Stefan Scougall by Rory McArdle?
‘No’, says referee Simon Hooper, a keen American football fan.
The weekend featured what many saw as a dive by Stoke City’s Victor Moses. Swansea manager Garry Monk was critical of referee Michael Oliver.
But we do not know what Oliver saw. We don’t know why he gave the penalty.
Referees are not allowed to comment publicly on their decsions. That’s odd. And it’s unfair. They should be able to clarify points of Law. The referee should not be abused and questioned and offered no means of response.
The modern referee is turning into an Aunt Sally figure.
The sensible thing would be for the club to complain in writing to the referee about a perceived injustice. The referee can then explain his decision. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited should help him.
Rules are vital. Without rules there is no sport. If the people exepcted to uphold thes rules are undermined, the sport suffers…