UK time is: 23:00:26
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Poll's Whining Is Getting Boring

Graham Poll, the biggest melodramatic showman ever to grace the English turfs, has retired at the end of this season but he's not leaving quietly.

The now ex-referee, always to be known of his fabulous card tricks demonstrated at the World Cup (Croatia v Australia: does anyone remember the actual result, apart from Croatians and Australians?) has taken up the habit of blasting just about everyone he's ever had any business with.

Jose Mourinho was next on his menu and the Chelsea manager, not the most popular person on this site, has got his share in remarkable manner.

You might remember the pair of them having some kind of a shouting match on the sidelines during the non-event that was the Chelsea v United league game at Stamford Bridge. Well, Poll's taken Mourinho's comments to his heart it seems.

'He knows what he said to me and it was just absolutely disgraceful,' Poll told BBC1's Inside Sport.

'I wouldn't repeat what he said. I've thought long and hard about it and I just wouldn't repeat it. It was a disgraceful personal comment about myself and an opposing manager.

'I was that shocked to hear it and he knew he had gone too far.

'That's why he sent himself off before I had the opportunity to do so.

'It was the very personal nature of what he had said. It was something I never thought I'd have the misfortune to hear.'

Let's make something clear. It's quite imaginable that Mourinho had really said something very offending. As for that 'opposing manager', put up your hand if you think it's Sir Alex. OK, you can all put your hands down. So he might have offended the boss, true. Why do I believe he did?

We're talking about the man who produced a shameful comment about Ronaldo being uneducated, the man who had called Mike Riley a 'filha da puta' (if I remember correctly: I can't speak Portuguese) then defended himself by saying he says that 50 times a day.

But really, that's not the point. The point is that Poll's moaning has become just as boring as Mourinho going on about how only injuries prevented them from being the greatest thing since sliced bread. One might think that a man whose career has been sliding downwards spectacularly in recent years (I'm talking about Poll, not Mourinho) would have the grace of stepping down with some dignity.

But of course that's not his style. After the World Cup, he's been terrible this season in England and now he's finally gone, we can't forget him for good. He's attacking Barwick, Mourinho, Terry, Chelsea, McFadden, the whole FA and everyone who gets to cross his path nowadays. And of course it's possible that he's right in some cases and that some of these people deserve criticism. But it's a bit rich coming from him methinks.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 4 2007

Time: 9:07AM

Your Comments

United fans, don't forget Toure's handball in April, just to mention the first of Poll mistakes that have crossed my mind :-)
Zae
He was a rubbish ref even before his world cup mistakes
mattweeden
But it hadn't been so obvious.
Zae
good riddance.
SweetLeftFoot
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Nani Loaned to Sporting Lisbon! (Thursday August 21 2014)

Not Us? (Thursday August 21 2014)

Jones in Contract Discussions (Thursday August 21 2014)

That Same Old Song! (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Loyalty can Override Cash! (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Guarin Talk Resurrected (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Zaha Heading Back to London (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Fellaini Injured? (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Rojo Switch Almost Confirmed (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Panic Buys? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 98
2. Kanchelskis 54
3. MotorMad 51
4. nordkap 12
5. ssopon273 2
6. kashere21 2
7. D_G 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man Utd 1 - 2 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Sunderland 1 0 1 0 0 1
12. WBA 1 0 1 0 0 1
13. Crystal Palace 1 0 0 1 -1 0
14. Man Utd 1 0 0 1 -1 0
15. Southampton 1 0 0 1 -1 0
16. Q.P.R. 1 0 0 1 -1 0
17. Stoke 1 0 0 1 -1 0

Breaking League News

Hull City : 21/08/2014 21:53:00
Hammers seek Belgian Defender
West Ham : 21/08/2014 18:40:00
What if we bought Pogba?
Chelsea : 21/08/2014 18:30:00
Metz in for Maiga?
West Ham : 21/08/2014 18:05:00
Feruz Russia Bound
Chelsea : 21/08/2014 17:46:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Swansea?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
De Gea 7%
Smalling 0%
Jones 17%
Blackett 11%
Herrera 2%
Lingard 2%
Young 0%
Mata 1%
Rooney 16%
Hernandez 0%
Fletcher 0%
Nani 1%
Fellaini 0%
Januzaj 43%