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Press Not Screaming Over Wiley Performance - Why?

There was a collective and embarassing hounding of Howard Webb when he had the nerve to award Manchester United a penalty when we were 2-0 down in April's home game against Spurs. No mention of the obvious fact that he should have sent off Wilson Palacios as early as the 8th minute for a disgraceful challenge.

Then there was this season's Manchester derby when Martin Atkinson was blasted for allowing play to continue until the 96th minute and Michael Owen scored the winner at the last possible minute. Stoke away: every match report contained a mention of a Scholes handball which could have brought him a second yellow but none of them reported a clear handball in the Stoke penalty area.

And now there is this weekend's Sunderland game. James Lawton in the Independent writes that the reasons for Fergie's blast of referee Alan Wiley (the boss declared that Wiley hadn't been fit enough for the game) weren't apparent to the rest of the world. Well, it should be and it would be if his decisions benefitted United.

Probably not many of you remember Wes Brown's opener at Blackburn last season: he headed home Rooney's cross after challenging the Rovers keeper for the ball. Rovers complained, the media also blamed the referee. On Saturday Kenwyne Jones scored a similar goal - well, not very similar because this time there was contact whereas at Ewood Park Brown clearly did nothing wrong - challenging the meek and indecisive Ben Foster in a way that eight times out of ten is called a foul. Not this time though, he was allowed to get away with it - not a word about it in the press who vilified the ref last autumn for allowing Brown's legitimate goal to stand.

And of course there was a clear, obvious handball in the penalty area which Reid sold as chesting it down. No mention of that either in the press, you can only find gleeful summaries of how bad United were. And it is quite infuriating that the media perpetuates this myth that United have an influence over the referees by a very simple trick: they blow all mistakes out of proportion when they happen to benefit United and brush the other ones under the carpet. Want another example? Scholes' red card at Spurs: everyone blamed Scholes for not being able to tackle even though his second yellow was ridiculous and the referee should have been under scrutiny because of a big mistake. But he got away with it because his mistake was for the benefit of our opponents.

I'm pretty sure that if, say, Berbatov or Rooney scored the goal that Jones scored, the papers would be full of condemnation for the referee and had Evra handled the ball like Reid did in the penalty area we would be hearing about it every time Wiley gets to referee a United game. But it will be forgotten quickly as this time we were the victims and that does not fit the image of 'United are always assisted by the referees'. We're not and that should be obvious to anyone who cares to watch our games in full length but I suspect this will never be accepted because later rather than sooner the way things go this season a refereeing error will go our way and the referee will be crucified again, giving ammunition to ABUs for another months.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 5 2009

Time: 11:19AM

Your Comments

get over it buddy.how many times have you been on the good end of dodgy decisions.after the 37 added minutes of added time against city ferguson has the nerve to have a go at the ref and then you write this joke of an article.
dwight schrute
Ferguson attacks the very official he was kissing up to a couple of weeks ago when you played City. He has cleverly deflected all of you from an awful performance where he over rotated and got caught out. Sheep, as per usual.
KB1
Tut tut tut.. Running out of topics to write about?
JT_daniel
So this is the ref that's not on the payroll then I guess
michael.thfc
ITS THE ONLY REF THAT ISNT. you dont own the p.l and if you really believe the media are against your poor club you need to have your head examined everything favours your scummy club as far as officials and the media are concerned wake up get a life and write about something that isnt complete crap and have a look at WHAT was a real lesson for every other pl club, IF YOU ARENT SCARED OF UTD THEY ARENT THAT GOOD
jljyid
you lot didnt pay him enough..i guess he decided to his job properly for once.offer better pay next time, maybe a trip to dubai too.
blueogre
Its quite clear that referees are biased against Manchester United! Hahahahahahahahahahaha
Shannon
get a grip you ****.
phatyid
This is a ridiculous ill-thought out article. You should be embarrassed to have it on your website.
Shelf-ish
Worst article written on VF, Its so bad that even other United fans won't come on and back you up.
Klutch
There should have been a penalty!!! Sunderland's first goal wasn't down to a rubbish keeper, it was because Kenwyne Jones used his death ray! Paul Scholes is a tackling genius who never puts a foot wrong! The aliens control the press and they HATE manyoo! The sky is red ya know. Really.
fifthcolumnblue
P.S. Klutch - think you may have hit the nail on the head.
fifthcolumnblue
Oh stop whining. Referees favour your team far far more than they do your opponents
WELLWELLWELL
Did he really say he cared about the refs decisions? No. He was talking about the scrutiny we have to take when an call goes our way but how they are undermined when they go the oppositions way. Guys perhaps if you read the article you may of seen he wasn't having a pop at the ref but the media. Don't feel bad you guys are narrowminded and read what you want to read.
One United 92
Red red glasses. Take them off. Or do you really believe that ManUtd supporters are the only one in the world to judge wrong from right, and everyone else is just out to get United, cause we hate you so much? I like your first point, the penalty agains Spurs last year that never should have been a penalty, or the one C.Ronaldo got after his best diving performance ever. I had to see it in slow motion to see that there were absoluetly no contact. And do you remember the goal that wasn't a goal from a certain Mendes? You have som nerve to mention Spurs as a point in YOUR way mister. I know which team who would benefit the most if there was video-refereeing, and it is NOT Manchester United! (Oh, and that dirty Vidic you have back there....how many times has he elbowed opponents and got away now?)
NorwaySpurs
You hit the nail on the head Zae! Brilliant article! The Kenwyne Jones goal was a CLEAR foul but who cares? It scored against us. That handball by Reid, it seems like it happened it 1879 and it'll never be remembered. I have a question for these idiots that say EVERYTHING goes our way: How come we never go seasons unbeaten then? If every major decision goes our way, then I'm surprised we've never gone unbeaten! If we always get longer extra time, get soft penalties, free-kicks and never get red cards then that must mean we must be winning all our games. Hmm....maybe these refs aren't doing enough for us!
ForeverUnited
NorwaySpurs - You seems to remember calls that have gone for us? Now do you remember any that have gone against us? I don't expect you to, to be honest. Because when you do, you try your possible hardest to forget in 15 minutes of seeing it! If you don't, it'll be hard for you to actually admit that something hasn't gone our way. When Everton won the FA Cup semi-final last year, who remembered the stonewall penalty we weren't awarded when Jagielka brought down Welbeck!? No one did and you all went to congratulate Everton for knocking us out! I'm 100000% sure if we got away with that penalty, you'd all somehow remember the exact minute and seconds it happened. This myth that everything goes our way is just plain sad and you all just need to find something to fill that empty void in your lives.
ForeverUnited
Well said Forever United, after witnessing the Chelski Dippers game on Sunday its clearly obvious that Drogba can never get booked for diving. As for Kenwyne Jones' goal against us sometimes they are given sometimes thay aren't. I just want to see some consistency with decisions like that because 90% of the time if a forward does that its a foul on the goalie, I guarantee next time that happens in a game in the PL it will be a foul not a goal.
NotoriousRedDevil
 

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