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United - Sailing Close to the Wind?

After our 0-0 draw up at St James Park, Sir Alex Ferguson, aware that we`d dropped two more points on the road, felt that a refereeing decision had deprived us of a chance to take all three points.

When Javier Hernandez tumbled over after being challenged by Danny Simpson, Sir Alex was convinced that United should have had a penalty.

In his post-match interview he emphasized this exact point by discussing the incident, and the referee, but being very careful not to fall foul of the authorities, like not too long ago, when he remarked,

"If he doesn`t give the penalty, fine. To book him is an insult."

"I watched it myself and there was definite contact. Chicharito is not the sort of player who would throw himself to the ground."


Probably right but whilst Nani continues to do just that there`s always a chance decisions will go against us.

But whilst Sir Alex was adamant that our last-ditch appeal was a justified one, he did admit to not seeing an incident that could have seen Newcastle awarded a penalty when he explained,

"I haven`t seen their penalty claim. I would have to see it again."

Funny how blinkered even the best of managers can be.

Finally, Sir Alex did his best to slip in a quote that should ensure the FA at least review what he said when he uttered,

"I thought the referee had an excellent game but he lets himself down by booking the player."

What is it about a leopard not changing its spots?




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 20 2011

Time: 5:00PM

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Honestly, their penalty decision was incredibly similar to our own, no one should feel aggrieved. It was a fair result. We should expect decisions to go against us with Nani's constant theatrics and Rooney's occassional dive.
TheFamousNo7
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20/04/2011 23:37:00

Well, I don't hear any moaning from your fans about "Consistency" from the FA over slur's remarks this time - funny, but most of us fail to see the difference between his remarks vis the dive by Hernandez and his remarks about Atkinson that resulted in a ban. Looks as though united fans only pipe up about inconsistency when a decision goes against their club. All's fair in love and war eh?
fifthcolumnblue
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21/04/2011 12:14:00

What fan would say anything when things happen for 'em fcb? Don't be a hypocrite. I want consistency but at the same time if Fergie gets away with something i'm not about to complain am I.
TheFamousNo7
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21/04/2011 18:06:00

What's the definition of hypocrisy then Famous?
fifthcolumnblue
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21/04/2011 21:59:00

In your case you always blast ref's when they give a call in our favour but turn a blind eye when the same call goes in your favour. We all yearn for consistency with the rules but none of us complain when a bad decision goes our way. The difference between you and I is I would never have a pop at someone for it in the manner you have done with me.
TheFamousNo7
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22/04/2011 13:07:00

Also, in this situation i've always said that managers should be allowed to speak freely about refereeing decisions as long as the comments don't border on accusations of bias.
TheFamousNo7
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22/04/2011 16:14:00

I'm having a pop at your fans in general Famous, not specifically you.
fifthcolumnblue
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23/04/2011 12:57:00

Sorry for taking it the wrong way then fcb. I thought it was specifically at me because of my comments about consistency when Rooney and Fergie were banned.
TheFamousNo7
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23/04/2011 15:34:00

 

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