On BBC Sport: Dundee United manager Peter Houston says he fears for the game if every penalty conceded results in a red card. Houston did not dispute Rangers’ three spot-kick awards as United had a trio of players sent off in a 4-0 defeat. But he said: “I worry about the game and where it’s… Continue reading At Odds With Common Sense
I responded with several posts on a thread on Tony’s Non-League Forum about recent high profile refereeing errors in England. I’m collating them here.
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0. The consensus appears to be that if the referee or his assistants had seen the ball deflect off the beach ball, the referee should have stopped the game and re-started with a dropped ball after the beach ball had been removed, in which case, the goal would not have stood.
Sepp Blatter has stepped in to have his say on the standard of refereeing at the highest levels.
I have been keeping an eye on critical refereeing mistakes for a while now. The awarding of penalties and sendings off are considered “critical”.
Howard Webb in November 2008:
The criticism of referees by managers appears to be entering a new phase: