22 responses

  1. Tom

    Then it should be advantage Arsenal, since Arsenal players don’t do any of the things the league are to clamp down on.

    It could be an interesting season for players like Costa and a few others though.

  2. Usama Zaka

    The irony in the PGMO and EPL’s so called “clamp-down” for next season is that all offences/misconducts listed above have always been a very integral part of the Laws of the Game even before the previous the season 2015-16. The only difference is that these offences/misconducts have been continuously ignored thanks to PGMO’s incompetence/agenda/corruption/biases/whatever.

    This so called “clamp-down” sounds more like a good rep enhancer among the media and public.

  3. Goonermikey

    Rooney banned for 30 games a season………..

  4. colario

    ‘This so called “clamp-down” sounds more like a good rep enhancer among the media and public.’

    I agree.

  5. Tom

    Also, the fact that other media members outside of this forum did point out Arsenal suffered the most from bad refereeing decisions last season should help us this term.

    If Arsenal find themselves near , or at the top of the ” most wrong ref decision ” table this season again, the fall out should be more significant than the one last season.

  6. Mick

    The looks of sheer disbelief and incredulity sometimes shown by Ozil and Giroud, usually accompianied by hand gestures when they are fouled for the umpteenth time right in front of a seemingly blind referee could well see such reactions interpreted as dissent and consequently yellow carded.
    Some things never change so you can bet your bottom dollar that the yellow card offence threshold shown by refs will be set at a much lower level for Arsenal players and will result in them often being carded for things other more favoured teams will get away with.

  7. Norman14

    This will all disappear after a couple of games. We’ve been here before with shirt pulling, foul language, offside, rotational fouling, keepers steps/time to get rid of the ball, etc, etc.

    One thing we CAN be sure of – PGMO referees will again, be the worst in Europe.

  8. finsbury

    Portugal win the Euro’s. Nani and other square jawed players who may or may not have been banned for doping alongside a former national and Man Utd coach who may or may not have been banned for doping…Pepe vomiting upon the pitch at full time…Clattenburg…Mendezian Mules…the specialist in signing mules from special agents back to his sycophants/business partners fanfare after nearly relegating Gazprom..,

    Same old same old

  9. Dr Duh

    I’m not a tweeter, but the Telegraph provides a useful fulcrum to exert pressure on the league. First, neither the league nor pgmol is ever going to do anything for Arsenal, much less at the behest of Untold. We should piggy back off their efforts by tweeting about referee abuse and intimidation using #refcrisis @telefootball. Once the hashtag has legs then bring it out for every act if intimidatiom, simulation and missed call. Advocate for an additional official, video review and post hoc punishment. Use it to tweet the statistics. Not as in I’m mad they did us wrong, but let’s make the game better.

  10. Ben

    For a one off can you provide a ref analysis of the Germany – France game from Euro 2016 where the ref was Italian and Germany beat Italy in the previous round. I want to see how unbiased that match was.

  11. nicky

    I continue to wonder whether these detailed reviews on the behaviour of referees in Arsenal matches, has had an adverse effect on how disgracefully they treat our great Club on the field of play.
    I am unaware whether any reviews are carried out by followers of other clubs, but it just seems to me too much of a coincidence.
    A sort of “payback” in retaliation.
    Under no circumstances of course, would I favour curtailing the reviews which are vital in drawing attention to the corruption that is the PGMOL.

  12. Usama Zaka

    The major rule changes for the upcoming season are also related to the Denial Of Goal-Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO). There are several changes to regarding the red cards and yellow cards, and the type of offense committed.

    I suggest everyone to give it a read to clear things up from any individual’s perspective. The IFAB has provided clear examples and simplified explanation of the offenses, for easier understanding. One thing is for sure, even with tons of announcements and awareness created by IFAB for rules changes for the upcoming season, the pundits and media will still mess up and interpret incidents to their own liking/agenda.


  13. para

    Agree that this is a PR enhancing move, nothing else.

  14. Menace

    Usama Zaka – you know where this is coming from. Do you honestly think these FA bods know anything about the real problems with the game?

    The foul & abusive language has already been abused by the PGMO (Vieira will testify). The gesture will immediately give the PGMO reason to pick on players like Alexis, who regularly gets fouled in sight of the blind PGMO cheats. He always waves his arm in disgust. I cannot believe that nobody has brought the FA to court with regard to the blatant cheating by its appointed monopoly PGMO. The number of physically injured players directly because of poor officiating is unacceptable. The geographical selective system of mostly northern rugby biased officials also needed addressing but the media kept it low key so that will continue.

  15. Andy Mack

    Firstly it should be pointed out that the new initiative isn’t new at all. They’ve regularly said they’ll clamp down on foul language with yellow cards but a few games into the season and it’ll all be forgotten again.
    Secondly it should be pointed out to the few that aren’t already aware of it that this initiative does not apply to Mike Rileys ManU like most other initiatives, which generally goes without saying.

  16. ClockEndRider

    “Or the abuse hurled at foreigners by the British foreign secretary. “.
    Enough with the lower sixth radicalism already. The referendum went the way it did. Just stop linking everything in football with your political preferences. It’s boring and specious.

  17. Rantetta


    They dislike it up ’em.

  18. Brickfields Gunners

    Be honest when in trouble and be simple when in wealth .
    Be polite when in authority and be silent in anger .
    This is called the life management .

  19. Brickfields Gunners
  20. Menace

    Voy lost to Iceland. Big Sam will lose to Poundland & Tescos!

  21. finsbury

    The show must go on:

    “Various reports in England, Italy & elsewhere claim Raiola’s fee is now believed to be the only hurdle remaining before Pogba leaves Juve.”

    Translation from gobbledigook =

    “The plebs (that would be you and me) love to be amazed by the amazing magician, The specialist in signing players signed to special agents.”

  22. finsbury

    All this fanfare for the funny papers business partner the specialist being enthroned in Manchester, the rise of Sir Samwise Allerdici and hardly a squeak about Venga turning down the England job. Not for the first time. I think fact deserves an untold article all by itself!

    Of course Venga dithering and saying no to England (I don’t imagine he did dithered for too long) hasn’t stopped hacks from the funny papers saying:

    “Venga must go”, baby you gotta believe me. Please.

    On the Sunday supplement, and other such great football shows.

    You are correct the funny papers are ratcheting up the bile and hate yet again will the AAA be capable of showing that they do not act like programmed zombies this time?

    The only way the PGMOB would stop cheating is if Venga had said yes to the FA. He remains loyal to the glorious Arsenal. It’s values and ethics. What about you?

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