Monday, August 20, 2007

Gerrard gets his wish

Referee’s chief Keith Hackett has acknowledged that referee Rob Styles decision to award Chelsea a penalty against Liverpool yesterday was the wrong one.

In an unprecedented move, Hackett publically admitted the error and said that disciplinary action will be taken. I don’t think that’s a good decision. Admitting the error is enough, referees are under enough pressure and disciplining the referee for a mistake makes them even more tentative.

Liverpool were leading the match 1-0 until Styles awarded Florent Malouda a penalty after he appeared to jump over the ball to let it pass and on the back of Steve Finnan. The referee, right on top of it, got it completely wrong and pointed to the spot.

This morning Steven Gerrard hit the papers calling for a public apology and it appears that is exactly what will happen. Styles will now not be allowed to referee this weekend because of the issue.

I think that there should be a public apology for the decision, but taking it any further than that sends a chill thru the ranks. You will see fewer decisions given because of it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

we wuz 'rob'bed

8/20/2007 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, a public apology ONLY is needed. The clubs or players shouldn't be directed as this leads to understand that the ref should do particulary well for a club or player. Any preference for club or player is not something the refereeing is targeting as it must be independent.
So, if Styles says I'm sorry EPL and the public that is OK.

8/20/2007 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

So, with that in mind, are Villa due an apology for the poor refereeing decision that denied them a point the previous weekend?

Thought not, you bunch of hypocrites.

8/20/2007 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It WAS a very bad decision, even by the terrible standards of my country´s referees (Portugal).

8/20/2007 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone gets robbed in Liverpool. You should be used to it by now. In Athens they robbed their own fans. Get over it.

8/20/2007 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Referees already have little to no respect from the players on the field. Stevie Me should have kept his mouth shut and let Hackett sort it out. The only way for referees to make better decisions is to relieve the immense pressure they are under from the media and the players who continually badger and verbally abuse them.

8/21/2007 7:59 AM  

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