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Three Cheers for Mr Atkinson, will Howard Webb hold firm at the Kop?

December 13, 2009

And his assistant, the fourth official, who had to put up with Ferguson’s abuse after awarding only 3 extra minutes for Utd to score.

Even someone who is not very good at lip-reading would have understood exactly what Ferguson was saying. Or picked up the gist of it. Will the media decide to blow it out of proportion like they did with the Wenger – Hughes handshake incident? I think you all know the answer to that question.

Atkinson deserves praise for not buying into Rooney’s predictable deception when United are trailing a game.
He deserves praise for standing up tall to over 70,000 fans who in harmony perhaps generated their energies into conning him like their player.
Lastly he deserves praise for not succumbing to Fergie’s rant and blowing the whistle for full-time as he saw fit.

I just wish Howard Webb is as firm on Sunday when we play Liverpool. We are reminded time and time of how the Liverpool players are galvanised by the “kop effect”. We don’t need the referee to get drawn into the emotion of the game.

Looking at Webb’s previous matches of referring Arsenal, he has proved to be rather unlucky for us. That is being rather kind to him. In the Carling Cup back in 2007 against Chelsea, he sent off 2 Arsenal players. Last year at the Emirates he sent off another Arsenal player, strangely, in a match against Liverpool.

At this point I’ll break the tension a little by stating he did sent off Adebayor twice. It has been a while since any of our players got sent off. So in a way, don’t be surprised if Webb gave a red card to a Gooner.

Football can be very unpredictable at times and it showed in the results on Saturday. It appeared as if Christmas came almost 13 days early for Gooners* and if we get a decent result it might yet turn out to be the perfect weekend. 

However, some things were getting very predictable. Arsenal weren’t getting penalties, not even the blatant calls. English players were getting away with diving and even winning penalties without being criticized about it in much detail. And even Zamora was turning out to be the non scoring striker.

The freedom to express our thoughts in the new media has changed all of that. Last week we got a penalty. I would love to know how long it was since our last penalty. Then Zamora scored and refused to celebrate because the new media were overly critical of him. And now Wayne Rooney, who is generally perceived as a diver except by the public and media who wear en-ger-land glasses, got booked for diving.

Wait, is this the same Rooney who called himself an “honest” player, that got booked?

Apart from the Zamora case (still sitting on the fence on this one), I make the score to be Bloggers 2 Old Media 0. But the game still carries on well into extra time or as you would know it, fergie time. If none of us make an issue of the injustices that plague football, the old media will sweep to a counter attack win. We can’t let that happen.

* Could be Christmas for Liverpool fans too.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Shishir permalink
    December 13, 2009 06:31

    Nice piece! Especially the bit about new media vs. old.

  2. lee permalink
    December 13, 2009 14:11

    man u r nothing without a biased ref. look at yesterday for example – no biased ref = no win! so well done ref! if only there were more refs like him

  3. Adi permalink
    December 14, 2009 11:02

    It seems you were pretty quick to lament on the refree before kick off, I wonder if you’re going to post an article now and sumarise Howard Webb’s “performance”. Or are you just going to drop the subject and start lamenting on something else?

  4. December 14, 2009 11:26

    wasn’t quite lamenting when I state a few things now is it? The fact is that in previous matches involving Arsenal, Webb made a few bad, bad calls. My views on his performance are in the latest post above. You can’t deny the importance of a good firm referee that can resist home pressure.

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