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Alan Green: Wretched decisions Stoke up doubts

You’ll know I charge referees with incompetence rather than bias. I’ve never believed that any official sets out to show favour to one side over the other and, overwhelmingly, on 6-0-6 I knock back those that argue “we never get anything against the big clubs”.

However, what’s happening to Stoke City is making me stop to think. They say these things even themselves out but the Potters will need a huge amount of good luck in the months to come to balance their account.

We had the referee NOT sending Gary Neville off at the Britannia Stadium when it was obvious the United player had merited a second yellow card, if not a straight red. Then Tuncay’s goal at Goodison Park was ruled out for an alleged foul. I saw none.

Finally, on Saturday, Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole handled the ball not once but twice on the goal-line. Stoke even argued the ball had crossed the line. Was a penalty awarded? Was a red card shown? Of course not: more wretched refereeing and, again, wrongly, Stoke had to suffer.

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