RE: Man U Suck. You Suck. The Ref Sucks. It Doesn’t Mean a Thing.

9 08 2009

Ref

First things first.  Was this a friendly, or was this an EPL match?  That seemed to be the question running through the mind of Chris Foy, (the match official) the entire second half.  First of all, the entire game screeched to a halt the moment Ballack appeared to have suffered an injury when Evra clearly ripped the ball off of him like the experienced thief that he is.  Ballack fell to the ground clutching at his ribs as if Mike Tyson, in his glory days, swung one of his devastating left hooks to the body.  Foy stopped play as if the Queen of England had just stepped on the pitch.  A dropped ball followed and the play reset itself inside the United half.  I don’t have a problem with this (other than it being Ballack and his constant whining) if consistency follows.  After seeing this, my mind quickly shifted from “competitive” to “friendly” match status.  Ballack popped up, and all was well with the world.

Soon thereafter, Evra, while making another pulsating run down the left side, was blindsided by Ballack’s right shoulder.  Evra fell to the ground, and everyone (Chelsea and United fans alike) expected play to be stopped.  Everyone except the Chelsea players.  Play continued, and Chelsea pressed forward taking advantage of the gap left by the absence of Evra.

Foy refused to stop the game, like he had five minutes earlier.  Chelsea failed to stop the game, even though they started the run of play in their own half.  I expected this of Chelsea, because, well, it is Chelsea after all.  But Foy?  Come on man. Step your game up!  Consistency is one of the biggest gripes managers have week in and week out, and this is the perfect example of why there is a wrath to be paid.

Ferguson said it best, “If we are putting the responsibility back on the referees and they are deciding when the games should be stopped, then fine.  He has got to be correct in that respect. As we saw today, he never got it quite right. You have to be consistent.”

Enough of me listing the facts, or what some of you will call “whining”, and back to the important stuff.  If we had to lose that game, that is the way to lose.  Fighting until the bitter end, equalizing at the final whistle, overcoming the ref, while losing in penalties, does not necessarily feel like a loss.  So we didn’t capture our 18th Community Shield. It’s ok, we have 17 to stare at.

Hey Villa, I’m sure we have a loaner program, since you won’t be dusting off room in your trophy case any time soon.

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6 responses

9 08 2009
Andy

Those refs did suck.

9 08 2009
Alex

Player of the match for Chelsea? Chris Foy. Made the second Chelsea goal, and was for the most part seeing a different game from the one being played. Shouldn’t b a surprise tough. He has never been any good.

9 08 2009
Andy

I heard you tried to store your 17 Community Shield trophies in the closet but there wasn’t enough room with Wayne Rooney in there. Hehaw. Word play. The rumor starts here… let’s watch it grow like a sea monkey.

10 08 2009
wllmhll

just before the referee booked dimitar berbatov in the first 5 minutes of the game, i said to my friend “chris foy is a good referee, we’re going to watch a brilliant game here”.

how wrong was i?

10 08 2009
Sean

I laughed when I read this. I think I did the same thing at least three times last season.

10 08 2009
Mark

Boo hoo.

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