SportsNet - October 2012
With penalty decisions, number of yellow and red cards distributed and the on-going debate on diving, referees have one of the toughest jobs in the game. From calling an offside decision to playing advantage, every outcome in modern day football seems to come from the whistle. But just how many mistakes can influence a game?
Just this week, there have been more referring errors than ever before this season and what is more, pundits and fans are seeing the wrong decisions being made time and time again. Mikel Arteta’s 84th minute goal sealed the three points for Arsenal against a spirited QPR side but the Spanish midfielder was very much offside when he headed against the bar before tapping in from close range.
Javier Hernandez was another culprit at Stamford Bridge when he easily finished from a couple of yards whilst being quite clearly offside. To the referee and linesman, the game is being played live and at such an intense speed, it’s not overly harsh to forgive them for missing it. However when goal-line technology is just around the corner, are their jobs at stake?
Another weekend passes, and another list of teams are shuffled around in the top 25. Alabama continues to flex its strength week in and week out with another impressive performance against previously undefeated Mississippi State. MSU came into Tuscaloosa Saturday averaging 36 points per game, and was held to just seven points and leading SEC rusher LaDarius Perkins was held to 38 yards on 15 carries. Tide QB A.J. McCarron led the offense on three consecutive touchdown drives to start the game, putting Alabama in the driver's seat midway through the second quarter. The Alabama defense forced MSU to rely on the passing game, and Tyler Russell couldn't get anything going through the air all evening. The Tide will now refocus their attention on LSU, who they will play next Saturday.
Chelsea News: Chelsea Lodge Official Complaint Against Mark Clattenburg For His Inappropriate Language
Chelsea has lodged an official complaint to Premier League against Referee Mark Clattenburg for his comments made during their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
The European Champions are accusing Clattenburg for inappropriate language used by the English referee against two of Chelsea’s players
Clattenburg sent off two of Chelsea’s players which eventually resulted in United having an added advantage for last twenty odd minutes of the game.
The 37-year-old referee sent off Branislav Ivanovic for his tackle made on Ashley Young and Fernando Torres received a second yellow card for what the official interpreted as a dive under the challenge of Jonny Evans.
"We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today's match"
"The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time” Club spokesman announced after the game.
We all know what flopping looks like. It's quite funny sometimes.
Flying spectacularly into the air with legs folded and landing to the ground with a dramatic scream of pain is the trademark of soccer players like Luis Suarez and Ashley Young. Sometimes they do that after a defender puts his hand on their shoulder while trying to reach the ball. Other times, for no apparent reason. As it stands right now, if the referee determines a dive has taken place, the offender is shown a yellow card as a warning. But is that enough?
In the NBA, there are many forms of diving or "flopping." The most recognizable one is when a post defender throws his head back, falls backwards and slides across the floor as if he was violently pushed. But in reality the offensive player was just backing down the defender to get closer to the basket. There are many flopping basketball players but Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili are two notable ones. Beginning this season, commissioner David Stern has implemented a system that hands out increasing punishments to floppers.
Chelsea were made to taste their first league defeat of this campaign when Manchester United reduced the gap to Chelsea to just one point at the summit of the Barclays Premier League table after a pulsating 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo had to taste the second defeat in less than a week and first league defeat after United won the game against nine men Chelsea after Mark Clattenburg sent off defender Branislav Ivanović n and Fernando Torres with just twenty odd minutes remaining to the game.
The Italian believes his team could have managed a result or at least a point if not for the sending off of Torres and an offside goal scored by Javier Hernandez which was allowed to stay by the assistant referee.
"The key decisions from the referee today influenced the result He sent off Fernando Torres and the third goal is offside - those things have clearly decided the game in the favor of our opposition” Di Matteo told Sky Sports.