re: 2012-13 Premier League/Cups Thread (The BRAVEST Performance From A BRAVE Mexican)
There's no conspiracy. The probelm with British officials is how easy they are influenced by the press. All of a sudden the media has decided that diving is worse than cancer and so the referee's, terrified of being castigated in the press, suddenly jump on the bandwagon. Think about it, did Drogba ever get sent off for diving? That's Didier Drogba, so famous for diving it became a cliche, and he never got sent off once (I think), now all of a sudden players are getting booked more regularly. I'd say fair enough if it stuck because it's good to see but it won't, in a few weeks the press will have something else that bothers them (probably GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY, WHY DON'T WE HAVE GOAL LIKE TECHNOLOGY, THIS IS A DISGRACE! or two footed tackles or something) and it'll all be forgotten about so come the time for things to "even themselves out" they don't because the rules have changed.
Another example was when Mascherano was sent off against United for dissent. A week before Ashley Cole was shown calling a ref a cunt or something and everybody was up in arms about players respecting the officials and then bang! next big game a player gets sent off and we never hear about it again.
WHAT A FRIGGIN CLOTHESLINE