Ignoring facts and turning a blind eye to further an agenda
Let it be known that I am writing this while I am still seething from the extreme injustice that we faced yesterday. It has happened far too often for my liking and still nothing has being done about it. You would have thought after all that has been said and written (even in mainstream media) about Mike Dean and Arsenal he would have been kept far away from our matches. Alas this is PGMO we are talking about and a PGMO under Mike Riley.
I don’t expect anything from Mike Riley and his gang of incompetent and/or cheating referees seeing how they are the untouchables. At this point I believe even if a referee intentionally scored for a team nothing would be done about it seeing how PGMO (B or L, whatever) are not accountable to anyone. I fully expect Mike Dean to get a match next week even though he deserves demotion for his antics yesterday. Zero accountability as I have already said.
Anyway it is not my intention to discuss Mike Dean and his horror show. I don’t wish to go in detail about the fiasco seeing how it has already been covered by both Tony and Walter in their articles. It is my intention however to talk about the behaviour of a part of our fan base and their usual antics after a defeat i.e. moaning, blaming the manager, blaming the players and throwing all their toys out of pram while choosing to completely ignore all other factors that led to the particular defeat.
I am talking of course about the knives sticking, doom-mongering, player booing, manager abusing, panic inducing and ever negative section of our fan base. Every defeat is the end of the world and means Wenger must be sacked or player “X” must be sold. They can never see or rather choose to ignore other factors that can lead to a defeat specifically the influence of referees on the match.
Try to say anything about injuries, referees, linesmen or time wasting tactics and you’ll be hounded, called deluded and told to stop making excuses. These people let nothing get in their way of furthering their agendas, not even blatant injustice as that of the weekend. Instead of speaking out against the sheer incompetence of referees, they choose to stick knives into their own team.
It is this kind of attitude in my opinion that has led us to being shafted time and time again without the referees ever being held accountable for their actions. It must be common knowledge among referees right now that you can make mistakes against or choose to screw Arsenal and not face any consequences. The media will do all in their power to protect you and justify your mistakes and wrongdoings and a large section of Arsenal fans will ignore you as they rip into their manager and team instead. As a result the referee gets off the hook being free to do it next time.
I sincerely believe if all of us decided to speak up against fiascos like that of yesterday we could bring about some change in the attitude and perception of referees regarding how they can referee our matches. We all know the referees who normally don’t miss chances to screw us over. Get on their backs from the whistle whenever they referee our matches, boo them out of the stadium whenever they make unfair decisions against us and call them out for what they are when they try to cheat us. Make them know we won’t tolerate any injustice and bring them under the spotlight. I am sure referees will think twice before screwing us over.
I am sorry to say this but our fan base is guilty of doing the opposite of the above. I think we let referees go off lightly. How many times have we been screwed over at the Emirates and the home crowd instead of ripping into the referee chose to boo the team and manager instead? A referee screws us in one match and instead of giving him hell the next time he referees our match we are totally indifferent to him. This makes him think we didn’t care and he does it again.
Make no mistake about it, we were screwed yesterday but as always the usual suspects on twitter were distancing Mike Dean from their talks and instead ripping into the players and managers. Calling Gabriel a mug, saying we lost because we didn’t have leaders and of course their favourite; Wenger out.
It saddens me that some prefer to further their agendas instead supporting their team even in light of being cheated out of a win. I don’t know where they got their meaning of support but I am sure it does not mean ignoring facts and turning a blind eye to all factors just so you can rip into your team.
I think it is time that some of us revisited the meaning of the word support as it seems lost on them. Supporting a team does neither entail getting incensed about each and every thing that the club do and nor does it mean getting worked up about transfers and team tactics. Certainly it does not mean booing your players and manager every time your team is defeated. If in your eyes the club can do no right and everything it does deserves criticism then I am sorry to say you would be better off supporting another team.
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