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So Much For The Riley Myth

So Much For The Riley Myth

Well, Rafa Benitez certainly achieved one thing: Premiership referees are now afraid to make the right calls in Manchester United games because they will be accused of bias.

Before the FA Cup semi-final versus Everton, David Moyes took up the mantle, accusing Riley of favouritism towards United. Well, he's perceived to be a great benefactor of us for giving lots of perfectly legitimate penalties for United...

And what happened in the game? Danny Welbeck was clearly fouled inside the area by Phil Jagielka in the second half yet Riley who was in an excellent position waved play on. He also forgot to send of Marouane Fellaini who punched Rio Ferdinand in the face and committed several fouls and complained and protested.

Will that be enough to stop Rafa and his fellow ABUs ranting about referee's favouritism towards United? Unlikely.

We'll write more of the game later - congratulations Everton by the way, I'll probably support them in the final.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Sunday April 19 2009
Time: 9:39PM

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looking at the stats (the telegraph did a nice peice on them), he had given less decisions against united than everton in the past. Personally however, i would attribute that mostly to everton just being a more physical team than united (as was clear from the game) - and so was as expected really. as i said elsewhere on this site, I don;t think it was a penalty anyway - but even if it had been, it wouldn't be "enough" for rafa/moyes etc. A large part of football these days is about mind games before the matches, and "sir" alex is in no position to complain about them...
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:02:00
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looking at the stats (the telegraph did a nice peice on them), he had given less decisions against united than everton in the past. Personally however, i would attribute that mostly to everton just being a more physical team than united (as was clear from the game) - and so was as expected really. as i said elsewhere on this site, I don;t think it was a penalty anyway - but even if it had been, it wouldn't be "enough" for rafa/moyes etc. A large part of football these days is about mind games before the matches, and "sir" alex is in no position to complain about them...
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:02:00
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I think Moyes was very clever to draw attention to Riley as it could easily have been a penalty, a very harsh one at that!
toffeetower
19/04/2009 22:06:00
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I think Moyes was very clever to draw attention to Riley as it could easily have been a penalty, a very harsh one at that!
toffeetower
19/04/2009 22:06:00
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oh, and also, I doubt very much riley paid any attention to the pre-match build up. personally, if I were refereeing a big game like this, I would stay clear of listing to what managers say, and just not listen/read anything about the game... I would expect no less from a premiership referee, or any referee in such a big game
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:12:00
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oh, and also, I doubt very much riley paid any attention to the pre-match build up. personally, if I were refereeing a big game like this, I would stay clear of listing to what managers say, and just not listen/read anything about the game... I would expect no less from a premiership referee, or any referee in such a big game
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:12:00
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^I think they do that in the world cup...
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:14:00
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^I think they do that in the world cup...
pompeycarpet
19/04/2009 22:14:00
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Moyes did not question Riley's integrity at all, a journalist asked him a question about Riley (who has given United something like 15 penalties in his career?) and Moyes answered indirectly. He didn't bring it up, it was bought before him.
Little Dutch
19/04/2009 22:44:00
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Moyes did not question Riley's integrity at all, a journalist asked him a question about Riley (who has given United something like 15 penalties in his career?) and Moyes answered indirectly. He didn't bring it up, it was bought before him.
Little Dutch
19/04/2009 22:44:00
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