By Walter Broeckx
It is fair to say that this was a very educative week on the referee front. And yet I will not go in to any analyses (unless I wander off during this article) on the decisions themselves. No I rather want to talk about how the media has been going on about the Turkish ref Cunyet Cakir.
I think that by now all the serious media in this country will have searched his bin bags to see what he is eating and drinking. I think we would have heard by now if they would have found something Spanish in his bin bag as further evidence on how biased this ref was against Manchester United.
His twitter account was found and look he followed Ronaldo and good grief even the Spanish tourist bureau. Correct me if I missed something as I didn’t go to every newspaper websites to find all the details.
Since last Tuesday the whole English press is on this manhunt of the ref that dared to send a Manchester United player off at Old Trafford. Ok it is fair to say that this is rather a rare event in general. So maybe the press is not used to it and so they started the which hunt on the person who was brave enough to do such a thing.
So they found “EVIDENCE” of his bias in his twitter account. And in another fact. The fact of his previous Manchester United games.
Of course if you don’t know this already you:
a) stay away from the serious gutter media
b) couldn’t give a sh*t about it
c) you are a visitor from another world.
But it is a fact that ref Cakir has done 3 games with Manchester United before.
- On 22/11/2011 he did the game MU – Benfica which ended at 2-2.
- On 15/03/2012 he did the game Athletic Bilbao – MU which ended at 2-1.
- And now he did the game MU – RM that ended at 1-2.
So 3 games done : 0 wins – 1 draw and 2 lost.
The cry of outrage can be read and heard all over the world. Those statistics prove that he is against Manchester United the media suggest.
And thus the media will go on searching his bin bags, look at his twitter account. Maybe by now they have tapped his phone and wired his house. And believe me if ref Cakir would dare to go on a holiday to the Costa del Nomatterwhere in Spain we will hear about it and it will be brought forward as another evidence of what a real biased ref he is.
I think it is amazing how one bad performance, because lets be honest after the previous games I didn’t hear much talk about this ref can bring the media up in the arms and start investigations as if a mass murder has been committed.
So I want to applaud the media for their efforts. And I want to encourage them to look further and to dig deeper. If ref Cakir is a dishonest ref and has a bias against Manchester United he should be exposed. In fact I think the media should do more work like this. They should pursue each and every biased and dishonest ref like they do with this one.
The only thing that is bothering me a bit is…well how shall I put it…the fact that the obsession of the media with this ref is a bit strange.
Because based on 3 games they claim to see evidence in him being biased against Manchester United.
And yet…and yet… a lot closer to home I have shown numbers that are based on more games from a certain ref. And numbers that are even more shocking compared to the numbers of ref Cakir. And yet no media hunt has started on this.
So for those people from the media I will show the numbers again. The numbers from Dean since 2009 in Arsenal games:
And compare this with the normal Arsenal numbers in all the games:
And yet apart from one short article I don’t see the media looking further in to this. I don’t hear the media cry in outrage and shout cheat. Like I said apart from one article the silence is deafening.
And that is what is bothering me. When Manchester United gets done by the ref or even when they think they are done by the ref the media declare war on this ref. But when Arsenal gets screwed over and over and over again by a certain ref (and he is not alone – I have more shocking numbers) the media ignore it.
Maybe because well ref Cakir is a bloody foreigner. And so he surely must be a cheat. And maybe because the other ref(s) are English and so they cannot be but honest people? I don’t know of course but it is just a possible thought that passed my head.
Or maybe the CL is not really their cup of tea and so accusing refs in the CL is not really harming the English PL, that beacon of honesty in a cheating football world. Whereas exposing an English ref as a possible biased ref against a team might harm the PL and might harm their well buttered sandwich? I don’t know of course but it is just a possible thought that passed my head.
So what is the difference? Why the outrage and the search for “evidence” on the bias of this ref and why is the media silent and not looking for bias by refs in the PL?
And that there are some strange results when you look at the teams and their overall numbers in the games is something that can be found rather easily. In fact we are working on it right now. And we will come out with numbers that are really strange on behalf of some refs.
So will the media start looking for evidence on those strange numbers? I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.
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