25 responses

  1. Usama Zaka
    03/10/2015

    Only 13 referees at present !! Absolutely shocking. Walter, I guess to fill the gaps for other refs they are busy cloning Mike Riley 😛

  2. blacksheep63
    03/10/2015

    as I said in post last week, I think it would make sense to share refs from a European or even a world pool. There should be a minimum of 20 referees available in the PGMO (arguably more given each match has 2 referees present). But there has to be greater use of video technology so mistakes are minimized. I would introduce a card system for refs as well: for example when a referee (such as Dean at Chelsea) gets a decision so badly wrong they would get a yellow card, if they accrued say, 4 yellows in a set period of time/number of matches they would have to go on a training course and sit out that round of weekend matches (hence a further need for more refs). I’d pay them more, make the job more attractive, encourage them to speak to the media and appear on TV, and mike them up so they can be heard by TV audiences (like rugby refs).

  3. gouresh
    03/10/2015

    Its a simple strategy really. The FA, PGMO and the PL organization are all incompetent so they stick together work hand in glove. So no one upsets each other. We can rave and rant all we want and no one will pay any attention as we are just a insignificant bloggers of pro Arsenal ranters. If you what things to change it needs to be taken to the next level, which means the club has to step in big time. Make a lot of noise. I mean a lot of noise. I am sure that they have all the stats but the fact they have quite all this time beggars belief. And please dont tell us that they are working behind the scenes as there is no improvement in fact its gotten worse. Why is the club not raising the issue in the pubic. Ww need to find out why.

  4. Mandy Dodd
    03/10/2015

    Gouresh…..regarding the club, why is a good question. Why do they allow themselves and their fans to be cheated by referees time after time while appearing to say and do nothing about it?
    Our CEO is a powerful man in the game, see below from the official site
    Ivan contributes to the domestic game’s development as a member of the Professional Game Board (PGB), FA Council and the Premier League Working Group for Elite Player Performance. He also serves as the Chairman of the FA’s International Committee.
    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/the-club/corporate-info/the-arsenal-board#YUsjfbXhiKGlhAGV.99
    Ivan Gazidis sits on the professional game board FFS.! Yet we still have to put up with this shite.
    Football is fixed say the club and our manager are myopic to the corruption that….. that bunch believe, as do many of us on here believe exists.
    I do not believe men as smart as Ivan or Wenger are myopic to this. So either
    1/they see nothing wrong and find it acceptable that we get Dein, Taylor and Atkinson week after week and their level of performances we are on the end of…..to me that seems unlikely
    2/ they are working behind the scenes to either mitigate or expose this…..possible
    3/ the pgmol or those behind them are too powerful to take on….very possible
    4/ and perhaps as part of the above point , the club have too much to lose in taking this on, they will be ridiculed in the media, these things are hard to prove…..and there is a reward, perhaps one,that makes the owner very happy that comes with the clubs silence. This I fear is the case, but I don’t think they should be taking top four or cup wins for granted with the refs we get
    5/ arsenal are complicit in it….ok absolute bollox that point!

  5. Mandy Dodd
    03/10/2015

    Above, Dean, not Dein……how I wish Dein was one of our refs.
    And on that subject, despite the notorious game of Riley, think these things have got a lot worse since Deins departure from the club.

  6. goonersince72
    03/10/2015

    Walter
    It’s a sorry, sordid affair and most of us here agree with every word. I have one exception: who are the “serious media”? Sky? BT? Seems their commentators have the same bias toward AFC and spout the same old tired tropes as the rest. They never call out Riley, the unPGMO, or the FA. Perhaps I’m biased against them and can’t see their merits.

  7. bob
    03/10/2015

    Perhaps the UA (and other) style sheet should be amended to no longer use the word “referee” to describe these PigMob operatives, but instead use the term “result-managers”. It may catch on, gain traction and bring further seserved credit to those who perpetrate the refshite and to those in higher places who aid, abet, turn a blind eye or are effectively bought off by the vast TV contracts and CL bonuses that top 4 finishes confer.

  8. bob
    03/10/2015

    my above should read “deserved discredit” (arggh)

  9. bob
    03/10/2015

    The PigMob is the weakest link in the chain of swill and all is lost if it is not exposed. This said, it would be nice if any who have not yet signed the Dean Out petition would lend a few keystrokes in this very direction.

  10. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin.
    03/10/2015

    The Pgmo’s days of rigging the Premier League results to favour their preferred clubs is gradually coming to an end whether they like it or not. AU, please keep the fight on, until victory is finally won. This victory over malice will eventually be won as the battles over the malicious Pgmo is not relented but keep ranging on, until the truth prevailed over malice. Come to think of how we were denied a legitimate goal scored by Aaron Ramsey against Liverpool by a Pgmo assistant flag which denied us 2 points that would have seen Arsenal on 15 points in the table today before Man utd engage us tomorrow at the Emirates stadium. That match referee flagging offside Ramsey’s goal was a flagrant rigging of Premier League result that must henceforth, be brought to a permanent stop without further delays. The Pgmo have not shown any interest in the introduction of video technology to assist their match officials to decide accurate decision in their match officiating.

  11. nicky
    03/10/2015

    I sometimes wonder whether a pool of UEFA top referees, officiating throughout the EPL and continental Europe, might lead at least to an improvement.
    It might not greatly better the incidence of mistakes but it would more nearly obliterate the charge of bias with which certain members of the PGMOL are tainted. 😉

  12. apo Armani
    03/10/2015

    So the PGMOLtd stitched us against Chel$kie…they can’t obviously do it every single game…and the mighty ‘special one’ suddenly doesn’t look so special anymore ; 16th and show the type of game they like to play (fake,cheat,thug) way behind in my opinion and Mourinhoo will be packing his bags very soon!!

  13. apo Armani
    03/10/2015

    Had Atkinson refer the Chel$kie game vs the Saints today, I bet 3 points would have gone to the scum!

  14. goonersince72
    03/10/2015

    @apo Armani,
    Exactly right. The Saints won despite being denied 2 clear penalties. The ref was complete shite and tried to hand the game to Chelsea. Their defence is so bad they couldn’t win even with the help of the ref! As you mentioned, Mourinho probably will be out. That’s the pattern, 3 years and out. He destroys players by not rotating much and in the 3rd year they’re done. Look at Terry. Last season he played every minute of every game. How does he look now? Old, slow and shot. But another money club will hire JM for the old ‘win now’ mentality. He might win, but he’ll ruin your club in the process. Nooooooooooo thanks.

  15. Pat
    03/10/2015

    I don’t believe there are only 16 referees in football crazy England capable and qualified to referee in the premier league.

    I can only conclude therefore that keeping this tight little group is a deliberate tactic of control. Note there is still not a single referee from London.

    What is happening about that petition that reached the remarkable number of 100,000 signatures? Does it strike anybody as undemocratic that a petition with such a huge number of signatories has had so little coverage in any branch of the mass media? I’m absolutely certain they all know about it.

  16. porter
    03/10/2015

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. T.V. wants to see it’s favourites the teams with the following at the top at the end of the season .Every round of the cup strangely gets a t.v.blockbuster .Football to Sky and BT is entertainment a consistent soap opera ,it needs a twist and a scandal at every turn .The football authorities are in hock to Murdoch and none of his outlets are about to rock the boat. I don’t believe that stuffed brown envelopes are changing hands but pressure is being exerted and football is being corrupted in it’s wake.

  17. Menace
    04/10/2015

    It is amazing how PGMO do not see blatant cheats yet sometimes suddenly get their sight & give correct decisions. The Falcao incident was a dive & desreved a card. The Ivanovic incident with Virgils shirt was a penalty. The Ivanovic ‘tackle’ on Bertrand was a leg breaker & should have been a red card.

    There were a lot more I could mention but Mourinho mourning & ranting was the cherry on the sundae.

  18. Mandy Dodd
    04/10/2015

    Pat, even amongst that small group of 16, I wouldn’t use the word capable on all of them

  19. Menace
    04/10/2015

    nicky
    October 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    That will ensure a corrupt bunch of Platini crows!

  20. Mark
    04/10/2015

    The EPL is not a fair league but one that is manipulated. I feel sorry for the great players and manager at Arsenal who are cheated out of success but the PGMO.

    I was fairly certain that A Taylor would be appointed to the Arsenal Manu game. Mike Riley has to help his team!

  21. Brickfields Gunners
    04/10/2015

    The only way to fight the cheats is to try even harder . Just play the right way and keep away from confrontations with the refs.The high moral ground is just and right.
    Shoot from outside the box and at every opportunity , while taking extreme care not to get booked or be the recipients of imaginary fouls. How many legitimate goals can a crooked ref deny ?How many imagined fouls can a ref give ?
    Lets see them justify the wrong doings and coat the bullshit . It will one day come back to hit them in the face !
    Yesterday ,I thought that David Pleat was being ridiculous in his expressing of his ‘expert’ opinions and bending over backwards to defend Chelski’s poor performance , until there was no way back and then his view changed too.
    Is there a translation of Moanin’inho’s post game interview ? Couldn’t understand almost any of it and fell asleep ! Was it another ‘fake’ result ? Was the substitution of a substitute after 20 minutes a ‘great’ tactical move ? Was it effective ? Did anyone question it ?

  22. Pat
    04/10/2015

    Ha, ha, ha! Nice one, Mandy!

  23. norman14
    04/10/2015

    PGMOL and the FA (and EPL to a certain extent) are all involved in creating this un-level playing field. However, there is another player – the media. As the football authorities in this country sow the seeds of conspiracy, so the nation’s “great and free press” are required to brainwash masses of supporters into accepting what is going on as the norm. How do they do this? By establishing a “pack” mentality amongst the supporters of major clubs, Unfortunately, we are one of the club’s “selected” to be demonised, perhaps because our supporters are generally of greater intelligence than the majority. However, they have failed to recognise a major flaw in their plan – the fact that we question everything that they do.

    On this Mornings “Anti Arsenal” channel’s press programme, a certain little runt made the bold statement “Wenger loses his cool” He said they would discuss this later in the prgramme. Instead he discussed a completely different article related to AW’s potential successor (generalistic – no names). By now, we all know that AW didn’t “lose his cool” at all, that he was very calm and to the point. So why does a jumped up little man, on a major TV channel lie?

  24. porter
    04/10/2015

    As I said. Arsenal have a good win against United but Rogers gets sacked and Sky drop us like a hot potato. The soap opera goes on.

  25. Vintage Gooner
    06/10/2015

    I would like to pick up on Pat’s comment regarding the Dean petition.

    I find it disappointing that with over 100,000 signatures what is an important expression of grassroot fan disgust with Dean seems to be going nowhere.

    Surely the Arsenal bloggers and the Arsenal supporters groups must now get together and determine how they are going to take this forward. It should be formally presented to the FA to whom it was addressed and we should make it a media event including a press release which expresses our frustration and demands for change (it is a shame that Walter with his passion is stuck in Belgium).

    Then we need to prepare a campaign, building on all our just grievances. Sadly as this is not a government matter we probably cannot get automatic response from either the Prime Minister nor from Parliament but there is no reason why all of us should not seek the support and advice of our MPs including Arsenal supporting Jeremy Corbyn.

    Finally just so you know how far we are from media thought after the AST meeting last night and whilst purchasing a copy of his new book on Arsene Wenger I asked John Cross what he thought of the petition and he compared it to the abuse and pressure from a section of the Chelsea crowd which caused a referee to reconsider their decision recently. I personally would see the nature of pressure as quite different between the two matters but it is indicative of the immediate hands off and shut your eyes response of the media.

    Clearly we have a lot of thinking and work to do to progress this matter.

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