Originally Posted by Lord Santa Claus IV.
1-1 stalemate. Dull match most probably. Take a point though.
The Stoke/Villa ref :daglish Not a single booking for Shotton and Herd arguably should have been sent off but got GIVEN a free kick. Where the fuck do they find these refs from? There's human error and then there's total incompetence. There's much better refs in the lower leagues. The ref for the MK/AFC match last week for example was faultless and handled a potentially tricky match with no problems at all.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing this morning. I recorded MOTD last night and the two Arsenal pens were a disgrace. First was a blatant dive with no contact, then the second one, Popov should've got a free kick before AOC got brought down in the box. There was a clear handball by Mertesacker too in the first half that wasn't given.
The Villa one was awful. How Shotton got a second yellow I don't know. He just pulled his body away and
Delph went down really easily. There were some horrible tackles in that too that didn't even get yellows.
Swansea had a goal disallowed for a 'foul' on Mark Bunn that would've made it 3-3. He came and missed it, ball went it and free kick was given. Norwich went up the other end and scored, and maybe there could've been a red card for the foul on Holt for being the last man. Anyway, 4-2 game over when it should've been 3-3.
Pulis hit the nail on the head though in his interview, saying that he can't take about the decisions made, how wrong they were because he didn't want any more money taken off him. They need to do something about it because the standard of refereeing was as low as I've ever seen it yesterday, but they're never held accountable. That & diving really needs to be sorted out because it's becoming a joke.