So the footy is back, and not before time to as the endless transfer speculation was really starting to get to me.
But picking through the pieces of the Premier League‘s opening weekend, as well as the second round of games in the football league, I’ve noticed that some things just don’t change.
First up Rafa had a rant again. To be fair the baying press were waiting for any words of discontent to emerge from Rafa’s bearded mouth before spinning it into something it perhaps didn’t start out to be, but still it came to no surprise that the loveable Spaniard had a whinge at the ref instead of worrying about his team’s pretty inept performance.
He also had a few patronising words reserved for fourth official Stuart Atwell, saying: “he is a young referee and maybe he has to calm down a little bit. He is too young.”
That’s right Stuart jog along now, don’t be late for tea.
This comes a week after Fergie opened proceedings with a whine at referee Chris Hoy in the Community Shield. Hoy had the cheek not to send off Michael Ballack after the grumpy German blocked off Evra in the build up to Lampard’s goal. Yes he probably had a point, but United still got an equaliser to take the game to spot-kicks. What we should have been talking about was two of the worst penalties of all time from Giggs and Evra, and that is saying something after Berbatov’s effort against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.
But if those decisions were enough to get Rafa and Fergie in a tizz spare a thought for Crystal Palace. Eagles striker Freddie Sears actually scored a goal but as the ball re-bounded off the advertising hoardings behind the net and out into the six yard box, against all odds, the referee gave a goal kick!
If you wanted such an incident to happen to anyone it would be Palace boss Neil Warnock. He often feels he doesn’t have the rub of the green when it comes to refereeing decisions and loves to tell us so, repeatedly. So for him to get this stinker is particularly apt and had him so mad you could almost see the steam rising from his head.
Chairman Simon Jordan then waded in, accusing the Bristol City players of being dishonest as they went along with the ref’s decision. “We thought the ref blew for an infringement,” was the reply from the Robins, trying to hide their grins (I imagine).
The FA have since offered an apology to Warnock and Palace, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot given the result still stands. Goal-line technology will probably not be introduced, despite Sky Sports News’ excitable cries of \’goal-gate’, so the same mistakes will happen yet again.
And to think we have only had a week.