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By Walter Broeckx; additional material by Tony Attwood
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his side’s win over Arsenal on Saturday.
The FA has also charged Gabriel with improper conduct and both clubs with failing to control their players.
It beggars belief.
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A few weeks ago we had the Newcastle match in which referee Andre Marinner in a seldom seen great and brave referee performance stood up against Newcastle who were trying to kick our players off the field from the first minute. In this match the Arsenal players reacted by not reacting at all. They just did what they had to do, tried to avoid injuries and win the match. We managed to do both. After this match some criticised our players for behaving like we did. We should have stood up for each other more they said. We should surround the referee more and put pressure on him.
When a referee is doing his job like Marinner did on the day then you should do like we did: stay away from him and let him do his job. He was doing a great job so there was no need to tell him what to do at all.
For the fact that our players should be more standing up for each other I, and lots of other Untolders, wrote: ‘if we would do this, we would be punished for doing so’.
And look what happened in the Chelsea match.
First of all Koscielny should be given a football award at the end of the season for not using any theatrics. I just have enough fingers on my hand to count the numbers of time that Costa punched his hand in the face of Koscielny. And not once did Kos go down. He had every right to go down. Nobody could ever blame him for doing this. But Kos stayed up. As he is not a pussy. He is not a cheater. Not that if he had gone down that he would have cheated. But we, the Arsenal and our players, don’t do this.
After all I think Kos knew that even if he had gone down that Dean probably wouldn’t have done anything. So better stay on your feet and follow what the ball does must have gone through Kos his mind. And as been thought by our manager who dislikes such things. Kos is already familiar with Dean so he knew what to expect.
But this isn’t the case for Gabriel. Maybe in his head he didn’t know what kind of a person Dean is. He knows now. He probably thought that Dean would send Costa off for what he did. But no, Dean gladly booked Gabriel, who only came to separate Costa and Kos in the first place. And then Costa scratched him with his nails at the back of his neck. Again Dean did nothing. You could see Costa shouting against Gabriel and God knows what he was shouting, but it didn’t look like an invitation to have a friendly meal after the match.
So I think his wife, children (if he has them), his mother will have been the subject of the shouting of Costa. And maybe it is his profession. You don’t see such things being done by Arsenal players. We have too much class to do this. But class and Chelsea start with the same letter but that is all that there is to link them together.
When we see at all what Dean and his assistants missed last Saturday we can ask the question if he is fit enough to referee a PL match. I have asked this question way back from 2009. And my answer most of the time is “not when Arsenal are involved”. I think he felt somehow attacked way back in 2008 when he was the ref when Eduardo was kicked to pieces, not giving a penalty to Arsenal in the last minute of the match when a Birmingham defender was pulling the short of Adebayor and making it three times the seize it normally has and then giving a penalty when Clichy played the ball in the last second of extra time. That day he lost the ability to be fair when Arsenal is around.
But hey ho the PGMO would rather reduce the numbers of referees to send him even more than make sure more referees are good enough to do PL matches.
It has been two days now since the match. 48 hours. I am still waiting for the FA, the PL or the PGMO to come up with some kind of explanation on to why nothing was done on the field against Costa. But now all they have done is charged two players and both clubs for failing to control their teams. Dean clearly could use his headset to send off Gabriel so that must have been working all right. So how come non of the other three officials told him what Costa had been doing? Were they all being blinded by some kind of Mourinho magic? Was there something in the dressing room given by a generous sponsor to the referees? A year of free gas or something like that?
One of the tasks of the PGMO is to educate the public about refereeing and refereeing matters. So come on now PGMO we are waiting for your explanation. How on earth could all four of them miss Costa lashing out at Koscielny five times????
Or they are blind or corrupt? Both it seems but as long as the football authorities stay still it more and more indicates at both.
Whether the FA will deal with Costa or not is not even important in this. Because it doesn’t make a shit difference for Arsenal. Banning him for 10 games will not give us any more points.
We at Untold have been pointing fingers for years at the PGMO and the referees. In so far that we can predict what will happen with each referee. And boy do they deliver most of the time. If us ‘amateurs’ can do this then why can’t the top professionals come to the same conclusions? Why don’t they see it and say: now wait a minute there is something terribly wrong we should make sure this doesn’t happen like this? We should make sure that the cheaters don’t get away with it on the field and hit back at them immediately.
For me we didn’t lose at Chelsea. Just as we didn’t lose in match 50. No only football lost. Riley won, not Man United in match 50. Riley won his appointment of becoming head of the PGMO. Chelsea didn’t win last Saturday. Dean won whatever reward he will get once Riley steps down. I have written it before that once Riley will be forced out of his office we will get Dean as the next man. Hell, I even don’t know if that would be worse or not….
As long as Dean does not come out in the open and openly apologises to Arsenal, their players and manager and admits that he and he alone has made a mess of it and I will never be able to consider him to be an honest ref. If he did so, he could save his honour but he should also ask the PGMO to never allow him on the same field as an Arsenal team. Saying or doing nothing is for me admitting that he did it on purpose and then he should be considered as being a cheater. Just as Costa is.
Time for Mike and Mike to speak up: what is that you are? Incompetent? Biased? Or both. Staying silent indicates at being both. But hasn’t that been the conclusion of our referee reviews from all those years? Last chance to gain some credibility or lose the last bit you had.