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Fletcher: Wenger's Comments Influence Referees

We remember Arsene Wenger screaming murder after his team so memorably pushed the self-destruct button at Old Trafford. He complained about our penalty - which was as straightforward as any decision you will see this season - and moaned that there had been a player on the pitch whose sole job had been to commit fouls.

He was believed to be referring to our Darren Fletcher who conceded the freekick that led to Chelsea's winner at Stamford Bridge yesterday. The thing is that Fletcher believes he won the ball fairly - video evidence backs him up - and believes he's suffering because of Wenger's comments.

"It was clearly not a foul. I knew at the time and I have watched it again. I back-heeled the ball, Cole jumped up in the air and the referee gave a foul.

"I think we are starting to see Mr Wenger`s comments starting to influence referees, which is a shame, really. Now we have to raise our game and ensure these decisions are not affecting the game."

Well, as I said, I really think that it's in fact Owen's winner and Fergie's criticism of Wiley which influences referees though it's true that after the Arsenal game we were reduced to ten men at Spurs for a totally fair challenge by Paul Scholes. But on that occasion it was Scholes' reputation working against him.

So it's unfair to blame Wenger for this, even though I well understand Fletcher's frustration, especially as Anelka got the man of the match award which was a travesty indeed.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 9 2009

Time: 10:34PM

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Anelka got MOTM thats a joke right? We've shot ourselves in the foot with that comment about Wiley I think. I've got no problems if decisions go against us, its football it happens move onto the next game, its just that the inconsistency of decisions, it is baffling at times. e.g Ivanovic's yellow card for his tackle on Giggs, it was the same challenge as Neville on that Barnsley player both won the ball first and got some of the man. One gets a yellow, one a red neither a foul. Referees are to blame at times but the decision making of the assistants/linesmen up and down the country is woeful. I swear they do the jobs just to watch games for free. They need to be criticised a lot more than the refeeres, its their job to make the ref's job easier but 90% of the time they do sweet FA.
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09/11/2009 23:02:00

agreed but what do you think could be done...each ref has his own standard, their own interpretation of the law..... i am still unsure of wither we should have a ref using video replay to make calls or not....but it sure would help...i just wouldn't want the game flow to be interrupted alot
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10/11/2009 03:52:00

At least, Zae, you can happily admit that Fletcher is talking crap. Hats off to you.
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10/11/2009 11:50:00

The assistants just need to be more alert and be able to keep up with the pace of the game. They're pros now its not like the old days when it was a part time job the standard has to be a lot better than it is. No assistant in any game seems to have the bottle to flag for fouls inside the box, perhaps the assistant behind the goals FIFA are thinking about is a good idea but they need to stay awake the entire game and not get caught up in the excitement and entertainment of the game.
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10/11/2009 12:38:00

We just have to take this period on the chin. Whether its bad luck or a conspiracy - complaining about it will only make the situation worse. The only way we'll ever get out of this situation is to take it with good grace (something we dont always do to be fair) as this will take the pressure off the referees allowing them to make correct calls rather than calls based on whats been said in the media. I agree with fletcher that the best response is for the players to step their game up so that our results aren't at the mercy of decisions - the situation will reverse itself eventually.
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10/11/2009 16:33:00

Fletcher moans so feckin much he should have been born a woman!
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10/11/2009 20:35:00

Hey Zae why don't you ever reply to any post? You sure have a lot to say but no guts to defend your work, always hiding. Has anyone seen Zea? Anyone at all?
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11/11/2009 05:04:00

fletcher is a moaning whinging horrible little player,he's always snarling at the ref and giving it large, as for the video evidence, he caught cole no question!! get over it fletchers polish as in mr sheen!!
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11/11/2009 16:41:00

springy another chelski fan since 2004 before that he supported l'arsenal.
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11/11/2009 21:52:00

Erm, Springy has been supporting Chelsea since '64, NRD. Get your facts straight man. And I suppose you realised Untied were a football club after league win last year?
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12/11/2009 08:28:00

Thats exactly right "UNTIED" club established last year that won a small sunday 8 - a side league. Not your only typo you typed in 64 when it should have been 04 cheerio justa tw*t_daniel.
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12/11/2009 11:23:00

Wow, you're one class act NRD... United by far whiniest team in EPL this year as Rafa would say it's a fact ;)
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