Liverpool balls: Rodgers’ good sports defy Manchester United’s bad referee
Where do we stand on footballers surrounding the referee, getting in his fave when a decision goes against their team? Today Manchester United profited from the linesman’s flag. The referee’s assidtant declined (wrongly) to raise his flag and Juan Mata’s headed goal stood. Should Liverpool have gone nuts, harranging the referee?
Henry Winter says they should’ve:
As United celebrated, as social media devoured footage of the incident, Liverpool players did not appeal, did not vent any anger. They accepted the injustice, a worrying sign for Rodgers as he seeks fight in his players. He would also have every right to question his players’ marking of Mata too.
But Henry Winter also thinks surrounding the referee is something that needs stamping out:
Welcome to Hell Clasico. If Mourinho deserves the ban coming his way from the Uefa beaks, then Barcelona also merit sanction. Too many of the dark arts were on show…
Barcelona are too good to stoop this low. They have Messi and Xavi, the best two footballers on the planet, so why should the others resort to such histrionics? A beautiful game is being despoiled by cheating. Uefa, and particularly the lawmakers of Fifa, must consider introducing a sin-bin, a cooler for miscreants to consider the error of their ways for 10 minutes as their team sweat without them. The threat of such punishment might prevent the mass surrounding of referees, a practice used by Barcelona.
So. The English team (Liverpool) should show more fight by aruging with the ref but the Spanish team must cut it out?