By Walter Broeckx
In the last years we have done a lot of studying and investigating on referees and referee behaviour. And the strange referee behaviour we have sometimes seen. Based on our numbers and having looked around we could come to the conclusion that there is/was some kind of similar system at work like the Italian Calciopoli system that had been discovered some 10 years ago.
Regular readers will know how that worked but for those coming from Mars I will say that it was a system where certain clubs asked certain refs for certain matches. Referees that they thought were rather kind for their team and so they hoped to enlarge the chance of them winning that match. The TV companies had some allies in this system as they decided what to show and how to show the ‘errors’ that some refs made.
The similarity with what happened during the SAF days at Manchester United were very striking. Referees that made an “error” against United were kept away from their matches for years sometimes. Referees that gave penalty after penalty in favour of United got more of their matches and were even rewarded at the end of their career with nice follow up jobs in football. And one could say that the arch-enemy of United and SAF got their bogey refs a lot and in vital matches in a rather very high rate.
If you studied the referees, their errors, their habits, their strong points and weak points like we did, we now can predict how the ref will operate and what the danger is for Arsenal having a good result. That is being done by Andrew in a great way each week. And the fact is that his predictions are spot on for most of the time. And we can predict which ref we will get for which match. Sometimes weeks before the match. Of course this being made rather easy because of there not being enough referees in the PL thanks to the ineptitude of the PGMO.
So we predicted one of our bogey refs for the match against Manchester United. And we said how he would be lenient for fouls from United and not give cards to stop them from fouling our players. How he would invent fouls from Arsenal and would neglect fouls from United. The predictions was once again spot on.
And yet, we won. We won 3-0 in a very convincing way. So does this mean that we have been talking rubbish? Because one could say that Untold has predicted a few things but as we won 3-0 surely we must be wrong.
As we have shown in our ref review our 3-0 win against Manchester United was not because Taylor had a great performance. No, his performance was very biased in favour of United. But we did the one thing that makes even the most willing to tilt the pitch referee helpless…. we just knocked United knock out in the first 20 minutes and got completely out of their reach. That was our luck. The fact that we were great in our finishing in those first 20 minutes.
Because we could see in our review that Taylor did all he could to keep United in the match (if we could call it that way). The fouls he gave to Arsenal were all fouls that even he should give as otherwise too many eyebrows would be raised. But the number of fouls he let go was still stunning to see.
What also was rather stunning to see was how he completely has transformed over the years. In the match against Aston Villa two seasons ago he was given penalties to Aston Villa out of nothing. But even Schweinsteiger completely dragging and tripping Gabriel when Arsenal had a corner was no penalty this time. And that after he had stopped the taking of the corner to warn the players for not holding and grabbing each other. Now if you really want to make yourself a fool then this was the way to do it.
In that match against Aston Villa he also send off Koscielny when the score was 1-2 in order to make sure that Arsenal wouldn’t come back in that match. And we all remember the same ref sending off Chambers for two fouls against Stoke just when we were having a great comeback. And we also remember Taylor doing nothing when Adam manhandled Alexis and almost decapitated him. Well by doing nothing I mean he gave him a yellow card and that was so ridiculous…
So this ref who sent off Arsenal players for twice nothing now closed his eyes for Schweinsteiger committing numerous fouls in the first half and then he did the same when Marouane ‘elbow’ Fellaini came on in the second half and also committed foul after foul after foul…
But we predicted this to happen and Taylor did what he usually does when Arsenal is on the field. Just as Dean does. Just as Probert does. It was there to see for all that are willing to open their eyes.
And yet Arsenal won 3-0. As I said because we just blew them away from the start and got the just reward by scoring. That is the only way to beat the system. Because clearly “the system” doesn’t really like us at all. SAF might have been gone and some refs are no longer fearful for United but they all know the whereabouts from the head of the referees and his career. You can beat the system with a great performance but it makes it much more difficult than it should be.
And we must not forget that when looking at the results of Calciopoli in Italy they found that not all the matches got the desired result. Oh no, not at all. Because teams can beat the system and turn referees helpless to do what they would like to do. This was clearly the case when we beat Manchester United. But if we would have only scored one goal… I can assure you that we would have seen a completely different ref. Now he was trying his best to help when he could without running the picture too much. But as in the Aston Villa and Stoke match when things are tight, he will open all registers to help the result happen as it should be.