26 responses

  1. WalterBroeckx
    14/04/2016

    So what do know and what do we find on other sites about this?
    A former PL top man seems to be heavily involved in Leicester.
    A former PL top referee who appoints refs for the PGMO seems to overlook a sudden change in “luck with referee decisions” in Leicester matches.
    From being unfit a team woke up one morning and suddenly became the fittest team in the PL. Just like that.

    Don’t tell my fairy tales don’t exist. They do. Look at Leicester 😉

  2. Menace
    14/04/2016

    Great post Tony. Money is certainly changing hands somewhere, & your investigative intrusion will make a few uncomfortable.

    I find it amazing that the likes of Piers Morgan don’t get involved with this kind of investigation. I suppose it is outside his intelligence.

  3. WalterBroeckx
    14/04/2016

    Talking about Leicester… even this was one step too far it seems as Leicester fan and PGMO referee Kevin Friend has been taken off the Stoke – Tottenham match for next Monday.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/36042805?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_sport&ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=sport

    Nice to see the PGMO being alert to that.
    As we all know they weren’t really alert when we have local referees do their matches when Arsenal is involved…

  4. norman14
    14/04/2016

    The scientific fact of research, is that it is benchmark until someone else produces evidence to prove otherwise.

    What is amazing, with all the evidence against PGMO, they have not come out all guns blazing to defend themselves by producing counter arguments.

    Unless, of course, in Riley’s mind, that counter evidence is revealed in the (unproven) conclusion that his referees get 95% of decisions right!

    The PGMO action on Friend is strange indeed, not least because he is actually, a Bristol City supporter.

  5. finsbury
    14/04/2016

    Menace

    The Italian judge who ordered the Caliciopoli investigations might be looked down upon by those who indulge in caricatures, lazy generalisations without any data and who put too much worth upon their own opinions did not have the experince, rigour, insight or knowledge of football when compared with someone like anti Arsenal pin-up voodoo doll Piers Morgan who used his amazing superpowers that no one knew about 🙂 to tap, the phone of someone on the x-factor (or something sensational like that?)

    Gary Neville and Peter not Risdale But Who? To invest in the Arsenal is the way forward. Just like we saw in Valencia. 😉

  6. Zedsaunt
    14/04/2016

    At some point in the future the jury at the Hillsborough Inquest will deliver their verdict on the deaths of 96 people.

    The media coverage then will be massive and will concern the dead, what happened on the day, the families, the fans, South Yorkshire Police, the police attempt to blame the fans.

    People will be horrified and largely silent. Leicester City winning the EPL title will be a welcome diversion.

  7. Zedsaunt
    14/04/2016

    The belief that the FA does not do corruption runs very deep. It could be central to the whole idea of themselves that journalists carry around of themselves, an automatic blank wall. ”The FA does not do corruption.”

    It took decades for the English to accept that foreigners had the right to play football better than the English. The English had invented the game. It was an English game. ”How dare they beat us?”

    For what the Hungarians did in 1953, 1954, read what Mr Wenger did in the EPL after 2001.

  8. nicky
    14/04/2016

    Menace&Finsbury,
    Please do not involve Peers Morgan on this valued site.
    We retired folk already have to put up with his narcissistic smirk on GMB several mornings a week…which is quite enough thank you.

  9. norman14
    14/04/2016

    Just released, new laws of the game, published by IFAB:

    “Players will still be sent-off for holding, pulling or pushing, not playing the ball or having no possibility to play the ball, serious foul play, violent conduct or deliberate handball.”

    STILL? You mean there is actually a punishable law for these offences?

    Or doesn’t IFAB apply to PGMO?

  10. Goonermikey
    14/04/2016

    @ norman14

    One can only assume you are a professional comedian……well the idea that players (other than ours) have been sent off for such offences certainly made me laugh 🙂

  11. Al
    14/04/2016

    Looks like the pgmob are trying to gain some credibility by removing Friend from a spurs fixture. The whole thing is laughable really; given that ref appointments for the week are usually made at the beginning of the week, why appoint Friend on Monday to a fixture you know there’s bound to be a conflict of interest only to remove him on Thursday because of…., a conflict of interest.

    What has changed between Monday and Thursday to make this change necessary? Did someone just wake up on Wednesday from a deep slumber and suddenly realised that Leicester and spurs are fighting for the title so they couldnt send a Leicester fan to do a spurs game? They really do think we must all be very stupid. A pathetic attempt at trying to show that nothing suspicious is afoot with refereeing in the PL, a complete charade, and we can see through it.

  12. goonersince72
    14/04/2016

    Reassigning Friend may be a farce, as many have suggested, but there’s another way to look at it. If there is no referee bias, as the unPGMO claims, why would they need to replace an official? To my mind they have just admitted bias by their members. Let the floodgates open!

  13. serge
    14/04/2016

    Something being overlooked here is that if Spurs fans can force a change of referee via social media, then why was our online petition to have Dean removed from our matches completely ignored by PGMO.

  14. Col
    14/04/2016

    Be careful what you wish for: if Leicester suddenly are found to have broken the rules, perhaps they may have points docked – which would (most likely) leave Spurs as champions.

  15. Polo
    14/04/2016

    On Talksport today, one of the ex-ref was critical about PGMO putting refs who support a team in matches where that person shouldn’t be refereeing due to perceive conflict of interest. Look like the criticism and scrutiny of PGMO is gaining traction.

    In my opinion on the reason why they don’t have more refs is because it’s a ‘boys club’ and they are looking after their members. It’s similar to those high class members club or associations where they decline applicants who they perceived not up to their standards.

  16. Mandy Dodd
    14/04/2016

    FIF claims The ubiquetious Peter Lim also has, what they term an illegal and secret twenty percent stake in Leicester.
    Starting to think Leicester this year are a trial/laboratory for future ventures…..let’s see what we can get away with in rich England , can we get around the PGMOL, EPL, FA, UKDA, and who knows who else…..and I think we know the answer to that……

  17. Al
    14/04/2016

    Goonersince72
    Exactly. It’s an admission of guilt on their part, albeit inadvertently. Why then was Anthony Taylor, a refree from Manchester, assigned to officiate the match between Arsenal and Utd in Oct 2015(a match which we won 3-0)? Wasn’t there a possible conflict of interest there? How many times have we had refs from Manchester or Merseyside when facing Utd, Liverpool, or Everton? Several times.

  18. Florian
    14/04/2016

    Swiss Ramble has an article on Leicester where he claims there is nothing wrong. Now, I know he is usually a benchmark of competence, but even he doesn’t get deep into what the sponsorship deals’ content.

  19. Florian
    14/04/2016

    Btw Tony, looks like I am only able to post comments from Internet Explorer. Comments posted from Microsoft Edge don’t appear, although duplicates are being detected. Sorry for the OT, hope someone can find the time to investigate.

  20. goonersince72
    14/04/2016

    Al
    Interesting take on the ref replacement and comments on Michael Oliver and our friend Anthony Taylor from former ref Mark Halsey. In a Mirror online story he rightly points out that Taylor “lives 2 minutes from Man United, yet he still referees them.” Seems like there’s something in the air right now. The BBC, the Mirror and some other media outlets are reporting this story. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a real look into the unPGMO. It has to start somewhere in the mainstream. Tony Attwood and Untold Arsenal can’t do it alone.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mark-halsey-claims-huge-newcastle-7753981

  21. Al
    14/04/2016

    Goonersince72,
    Oh my word 🙂 looks like this could come back to bite the pgmob clowns. I wasn’t even aware of the Norwich controversy… thanks for the link.

    And Halsey says it looks like they “have made a rod for their own back”. Lets hope this is a start to bigger things, but unfortunately I suspect by the weekend this will have died down.

  22. finsbury
    14/04/2016

    Nicky

    Sorry.
    For all I knew which wasn’t and isn’t very much I thought the AFTV Pin Up (their actions not mine!) was still trying to squirm his way out of the slammer but it seems like he has returned to these shores. Unfortunately.

  23. Zedsaunt
    14/04/2016

    Mandy Dodd posts

    ”Starting to think Leicester this year are a trial/laboratory for future ventures…”

    Agreed. Against this timeline

    May 2015 – FBI raid FIFA, make arrests
    May 2016 – Hillsborough Inquiry verdicts

    We need some really good football news Mandy! You can supply it!!!

    Twelve months of people staring at criminal corruption in the people who run football opening into the deaths of 96 people at a football match. Just what the sport needs.

  24. Mandy Dodd
    14/04/2016

    Wish I could supply it Zedsaunt think there is good news out there, just maybe not in some aspects of this league.
    Sadly, I think our light touch regulation of sport is attracting the wrong types.

  25. Linda
    14/04/2016

    That 20% stake bought so secretly will come back to hunt Leicester big time.
    I have said that things are bubbling just under that very very thin surface and it will break. Those people who have declared themselves higher that the football Gods and honestly think they are above reproach are heading for one of the biggest falls in football history, make no mistakes.
    You can run on for along time but sooner or later you will be cut down.

  26. Menace
    14/04/2016

    Its a wonderful world. The wealthy use Panama to avoid tax. The posh use Panama hats to protect them from the sun. The corrupt are a news story & are protected by the media selling soft porn. Oh well, the latest is that state aid has been shown to be totally charitable to dealers in porn in a sporting way. The sum total is that the regular punter foots the bill.

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