By Walter Broeckx
Note: Because of serious cyberattacks on our site we have been off line for a few days. Slowly we are back on track and we will publish articles again. This one is slightly out of date but still very interesting to see what will happen in the future.
Dean in the middle of a little outrage about his decisions? Well we as Arsenal fans have been down that road a few times in the last 6 or 7 seasons. So rather familiar. But Chelsea? Not that much.
The reaction from Mourinho after Chelsea lost at home to Sunderland are the reactions of a man who takes all the credit when things go right but who refuses any blame when things go wrong.
Now I know most managers follow this principle. But from a special one, one might expect that he is above such things. Which is clearly not the case.
I wonder how Dean must feel about this attack on him. Not that I am not familiar with attacking Dean. Oh no. I think I am still a few attacks in front of Mourinho when it comes to Dean.
In a way one could say that Mourinho is a bit like the modern football supporter. The one that only remembers the last pass of a player. Was it a good one then he is the best player ever. Was it a bad one then he has to be sold as he is clearly useless and not fit to wear the shirt.
Now if I might add my two cents to the controversy surrounding Mike Dean I just want to say that the worst decision from Dean was to not send off Ramires for a deliberate punch on the face of Larson. Ramires turned his head to see where the Sunderland player was and then lashed out at him. If the Fa doesn’t take action against this then I cannot understand things anymore. From our referee reviews we have found that Ramires just like Yaya Toure are players that get away with murder before a ref dares to take action against them.
When one of your players have done such a thing without punishment it is better for a manager to shut up about any decision of the ref later on.
And if we first go back to the match at the Emirates between Arsenal and Chelsea it was the same Dean that refused to send off 2 Chelsea players for a studs over the ball tackle against Arsenal players. And it was the same Dean that refused to give a penalty for Arsenal when Willian clearly stepped on Walcott his foot in the penalty area when Walcott was brought down.
So if Mourinho would have known his own history he would have known that Dean isn’t that anti Chelsea at all. Anti-Arsenal yes, that is well documented. On this site and even the national media had to follow us on that.
In fact what many people missed in this whole saga is that in this match it wasn’t Dean that much who helped Sunderland at all. Because if we look at the critical decisions in this match and now I am talking about the penalty and the disallowed goal from Chelsea it wasn’t so much Dean who acted. No I think he would have let them go on both occasions. I know his body language a bit and I could see him not moving at first.
It was the assistant in fact who ruled out the Chelsea goal as it was him that signalled the push from Matic. And again it was the assistant who signalled the penalty foul. But I don’t mind that Mourinho singled out Dean. The way I know Dean a bit is that he might try to upset Mourinho again when he is given a Chelsea match. And it can go on for a few years as we all know. It took Dean a few years to get over the Birmingham-Arsenal match when he was criticised for his awful decisions in this match. I think only recently he has managed to put this behind him a bit. But it was only after that the ‘big media’ picked up on our findings and stats that he became a more normal ref for Arsenal. Apart from his decisions going against us in the Chelsea match of course.
I really do think that because him being rightfully criticised in that match at Birmingham, he turned against Arsenal for many years. So be careful Jose…He can bite you back.
Not that I would mind that Mourinho gets a few decisions against him. The soft (certain for him) penalty given in favour of Chelsea in the extra time against WBA, earlier this season by Marinner that gave Chelsea a point to rescue the unbeaten home record from Mourinho was a ridiculous decisions which he took with both hands. That this decision cost a manager his job is of course of no importance for the special ego tripping one.
That the same Marinner made a mess of the Chelsea- Arsenal match is also brushed under the media love-in carpet. And as I said Dean hasn’t been bad for Chelsea at all over the last years. But two decisions from the assistant was enough to enrage the anger of Mourinho and make Dean his target.
Do I mind other people attack Mike Dean and also Mike Riley? Of course not. I have attacked them for years.
But when I blame Riley for not having enough refs I don’t do this because Arsenal would benefit from having more referees in the PL. I do this because ALL teams would benefit from having more refs and reducing the influence of all the refs on all the teams. That would bring a more level playing field to the PL. And I don’t believe for one microsecond that Mourinho wants a level playing field in the PL. He only wants it to go his way.
So I cannot take Mourinho too serious when he talks about referees. If he would have had the balls to come out after the WBA penalty farce that rescued him and would have openly admitted that he was saved by the referee after that match then he would get any credibility. But by defending that ridiculous decision he showed that he is just a self serving manager when it comes to referees.
So not that special, the special one.