Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Alan Green: When will referees have to account for mistakes?

I never fail to be amazed at how slowly football’s ‘wheels of justice’ turn.

It took more than a fortnight to charge the Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez with “improper conduct” following remarks he made about the referee after his team lost at Spurs on the opening weekend.

However, do you know what’s even more absurd than the time-frame? — the charge itself.

Benitez said the decisions of Phil Dowd not to award Liverpool two late penalties at White Hart Lane were “very poor” — too right they were.

Have we forgotten the concept of ‘free speech’?

Any chance of the authorities calling referees properly to account for their mistakes? Certainly.

As I am looking skywards, there goes another flying pig.

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