By Walter Broeckx
Every year, every f*cking year, season after season after season after season Untold Arsenal has been banging the drum about the gross incompetence of the PGMO the organisation that is responsible for delivering the referees for the PL and of course as he is their main man Mike Riley. Mike Riley who is running the PGMO in the same way as he did match 50 it seems: completely wrong and biased.
We have been saying for years and seasons that there simply are not enough referees in the PL. As you know there are only 16 permanent PL referees. A ridiculous low number if you know that each match day you have 10 matches. And as some referees are not allowed to do some teams because of the fact that they support a certain PL team (e.g. Clattenburg – Newcastle and Dean – Liverpool) you understand that this leads to bad situations. Where some referees have to do the same teams over and over and over and over again.
Having Dean six times in one season and with the statistics he has for Arsenal this means that Arsenal in some years had a handicap of around 18 points to overcome. 18 f*cking points!!!!
Let that sink in. How many times have we been 18 points behind the league winner in the past 10 years???? No need to go out on a search as I did it for you. Only 3 times. But 7 times we were less than 18 points behind the PL winner. But how can you even think of winning it with a ref like Dean 6 times around in a season????? You don’t have to believe just us at Untold, you can always check this as another good source of how Dean is doing his Arsenal matches.
But what is the reason for my new rant this time only so short behind the latest (I could do a rant each day in fact…)?
Well as with all sportsman they can get injured. And referees are sportsman and can get injured. I know all too well for the moment with my knee giving me troubles. But at the moment there are 3 referees who are out with long term injuries. They are Phil Dowd (the oldest ref) and Lee Probert (thank god for that) and a new boy around the block in Graham Scott (whom we haven’t had as far as I can remember).
So hey ho for the moment and this for a long while we now have only 13 PL referees for the PL. 13. Thirteen! THIRTEEN!!!!!!!! F*CKING THIRTEEN!!!!
An organisation that gets more than £11 million each year from the PL, the Football League and the FA has made it possible to come up with only 13 PL referees in a league in which it has to send out at least 10 referees each weekend.
And then we also have to take in account that these referees also have the right to have weekends free. Just as you and I have the right to take days off our work. And we haven’t taken into account that referees also can get sick. A bug, a virus and before you know it you lost another referee. And then we even don’t mention the matches of the League cup and the FIFA refs who will be sent out to do European matches and thus get a bigger work load and come back not fresh and make more mistakes as a result.
But with this small group the final result will be that you will get your bogey refs even more than before!
Untold has been asking that they should have a pool of at least 20 referees available for the whole season. And that the appointments should be organised in such a way that you only get each ref twice in a season in the PL. Maximum twice in fact. But with the fact that some refs cannot do some teams you have to make sure that for each ref who cannot do a team, you have one ref more in your group. So if we only take the two refs I have mentioned we should be having a pool of at least 22 referees in the PL as long as they are around.
Now one might argue that the refs in the lower divisions are simply not good enough for being promoted to the PL.
But then the question arises: who is responsible for the training and education of the referees????? Isn’t that the same organisation PGMO and their boss Mike Riley?????
It is they that should look forward and make sure that situations as the current cannot happen. It seems that their education planning (if they have it!???) certainly isn’t working as it should.
The one thing that is certain is that the PGMO is not doing a proper job. One could say that they manage in doing absolutely everything the wrong way.
The quality of the PL refs???? Only in their imaginary dream world and stats they think they get it right all the time. 95% correct important decisions… you are having a laugh.
The numbers of PL refs??? As I just showed you: unbelievable incompetence.
Educations of referees??? Looking at the quality again – a big failure….
Education of the public???? Despite it being one of their tasks written down in their job description they utterly and miserably fail in doing this. Unless of course you think that publishing stats nobody can check is educating the public. I rather would call it lying to the public.
So thanks to the PGMO we will have Dean and Taylor (luckily Probert is injured) time and time and time again. But then again even without injuries they like to send them to Arsenal matches (the PGMO know their Arsenal stats all too well – after all they can and could find them over here) at a very high rate. And some refs who seem capable of doing Arsenal matches in a more balanced way are rarely to be seen around Arsenal matches.
How long do we have to accept this utterly failing and incompetent organisation ruining the PL and Arsenal??? When will the serious media finally pick up on this? When will they wake up? Why is it only blogs written by amateurs like those of us at Untold who see these things and the problems that come from having so little refs? Are the media too stupid or too lazy? [Or told by PGMO that they will lose their licence to print fixtures if they question PGMO? – Tony]
Time to stop the PGMO and organise the referees in a different way. But will the PL, the FA and the Football league have the balls to do this? Looking at how they are crawling in the backside of Platini and Blatter in the past years there is little hope that they will do anything at all unless there is a big storm from the big media about this. The could brush Untold Arsenal under the carpet but if Sky, BT and the serious media who make big money on PL football demanded change and better referees they maybe could no longer ignore this.
When will the serious media act? Or are they as incompetent as the PGMO. If that is the case…. then all is lost….
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