By Walter Broeckx
On the Arsenal.com website we could find this from the post match press conference and I must say Arsène Wenger hit the nail on the head there:
on the first goal seeming to be a handball… Honestly, I don’t know. I’m responsible for many things, but not for the referee’s decisions. I feel sorry for Hull but I feel that we had as well to cope recently with some decisions where you didn’t ask me this question. So I am sorry. I want the right decisions to be made.
on being asked at the Chelsea game about Bellerin and the foul… Yes, yes. I am sorry for that then. There are some other goals that we conceded, like at Man City, that nobody said was offside.
Now I must say that about the Chelsea game all those reporters seemingly did agree that there was no foul on Bellerin. So if they picked that as an example it was a rather bad example. Or a goof one in exposing them as not knowing the laws of the game and how to referee a match.
But this is how things go for Arsenal. We get screwed 50 times in a season and no reporter even reports is. No journalist is asking questions.
Let us take the non sending off from Gibbs. Much was made of it by some. But when in the Everton match Coquelin was fouled by the last defender Jagielka and Clattenburg (yes the same ref) only gave a yellow card…. not on of the press mosquitoes in the press conference mentioned it. Not a single word. So how come that the media make a fuss of this incident but didn’t make a fuss about Jagielka making the same foul? In fact Jagielka was a foul just outside the penalty area with Coquelin having the ball under control and dribbling past him. While the Hull attacker didn’t have the ball under his control. At the end of the day both Gibbs and Jagielka should have seen red. But the media only talk about Gibbs and didn’t mention Jagielka. Who did got send off in the last minute of extra time for a second yellow card. Too little too late.
Now in a way Clattenburg can seem to be lucky that it was him who was the ref in the Hull match. Clattenburg has been build up in the media as the next Collina and they praised him for letting games go out of control (Chelsea-Tottenham last season anyone…) and so it is a bit difficult for them to now pull him down again. After all he is a bit the billboard poster boy of the PGMO for the moment. The Ed Sheeran of the referees.
But it isn’t just the press boys who have double standards.
I must say that when I was watching the game and doing my live match report I knew what would happen as long as it was 1-0. I knew that some posters would come out of the dark place they had been hiding for a long time and would come out to “rub our nose” in the favourable referee decisions we got. The goal (which could have been given if you carefully read the laws of the game) and the non sending off.
You can put your clock right on it that whenever we get a bit of luck from a referee decision some come out to shout: see there is nothing wrong with the referees and they don’t have a bias against Arsenal.
Arsenal getting screwed by referee errors more than 50-60 times this season alone and not a whisper is heard. Neither from reporters or from those who come on Untold when they think Arsenal has been gifted anything. We get the odd decision in our favour and they come out. Looking at that they a) are reporters, b) could be reporters or c) should look for a job as reporter. The media would love their style.
As Untold is one of the few who do referee reviews we are a bit the centre of attention of course. But the thing is that they who came out of their dark place are also not being capable of being honest of what we do.
Is it that they don’t read the reviews completely? Is it that they don’t understand our English? Yes the reviews are written by 2 people who don’t have English as their mother language but the two other involved are real English and they could correct it if we would write things that nobody can understand. So I gather that if they understand it, it should be understandable for the rest.
The thing is that in those referee reviews we also mention the decisions that go in favour of Arsenal. I think (from the back of my head) that we had at least 8 big decisions going our way this season. So we do report them. But for some reason the brain of some people don’t see it or don’t want to see it. The pretend as if we don’t mention them at all. I think that is a bit dishonest from their part.
If they would have read the referee reviews completely and understood them they should have seen it. But somehow they pretend it isn’t there.
And that is where they meet the reporters. The reporters also, just like them, only talk about the referee when he gives a decision in favour of Arsenal. Otherwise the ref is always right, makes no mistakes and certainly makes no mistakes against Arsenal.
Well Untold sticks out his neck about the referees and you don’t even have to believe we are right 100% (I don’t want to claim this even) but even if you would take away 50% of the wrong decisions (have to take both in favour and against in the same way) the conclusion still is the same: there is nothing that shows that things will even out at the end of the season. Or come to that halfway the season.
But the reporters only asking questions when a decision goes in favour of Arsenal and visitors who only come on here when a decision goes in our favour are doing the same thing. And given the evidence that we have found over what is it now… 5 or 6 seasons of referee reviewing…. they are being dishonest about the influence of the referees on Arsenal. And we try to report both ways where they only report it one way. When Arsenal gets a bit of luck. On one of those rare occasions.
You can’t have it both ways. If you say referees are of no importance when we get decisions against us, then you can’t talk about them when decisions go in our favour. Last week Arsenal was getting screwed by a first goal that came from a foul and we lost a player with a head injury, not a word. Now we get a lucky bounce and they talk about. Either you accept referee influence all the time or you never do it.