At least they're consistent...consistently bad!
Referees, and 'referees assistants' have, lets face it, a difficult and pretty much thankless job, so some sympathy can be given to them and I appreciate that it is a tough job but the standard of the officials has been poor, at best, this season...
I am not talking 'premier league', I do not take much notice of this but have seen, or at least heard, of some of these 'high profile' gaffs.
For a few years now Tony (UKTony) and I, who sit next to each other in the North Lower, have constantly talked about the officials and how bad they can often be - the linesmen, sorry referees assistants, have been particularly poor. From our seats we can pretty much see right alone the line when teams attack the Fratton End, so we see a fair amount and the number of times the calls have been very wrong is unreal - but not as unreal as the amount of times they fail to even do the basics, keeping up with play...
One of the thoughts that many of us had was 'at least relegation would bring a better standard of officials' as many of the top flight ones seem to think that they have celebrity status, and this goes to their head.
Well, these thoughts have proven false, right?
If anything these officials have been even worse!
Tuesday nights ref, what his name was escapes me - not that it should I guess - then again the only reason I would care to know it would be so I can worry if he crops up again as he was the latest in a string of poor referees, and officials, this league has seen.
It is, as said, a tough job but the more these guys stroll around like 'little Hitler's', with an apparent superior complex about them too, the tougher time they will get, especially if the calls being made are as poor as they have been. Perhaps Tiny Penis (Tony Pulis) is right, whilst you cannot be too harsh on them maybe these officials do need to be reviewed and rated more by managers as the poor decisions that they can make can cost teams, managers and clubs big time. Being held more accountable is probably something that is needed.
Chix, Rob (sea-juicer) and I were talking about this on our way home from the QPR game and agreed that, if nothing else, at least these officials are consistent - unfortunately this consistency is in the fact that they are consistently bad!
So, with that in mind in some ways they cannot be knocked for this nor, to be fair, can they be accused of undue bias to a home or away side because all in all they have been as consistent in their calls both ways and winding up both sets of fans as they are being fairly even in their poor decision making both ways...
PLAY UP POMPEY!