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We've Got Howard The Coward AGAIN

It seems as though someone in a position of power really doesn't want Arsenal to win the league after Howard the Coward has been awarded the massive clash between Arsenal & Man Utd at Ashburton Grove this weekend.

In an unprecedented move, the FA has given the responsibility of enforcing the rules in a Premier League match featuring the mighty Arsenal for the second game running to our favorite ref, Howard Webb.

Whilst the game at Anfield on Sunday was by no means a Carling Cup final, HTC missed both a sending off type challenge on Bacary Sagna by Mascherano, and what seems to now be a trademarked shirt pulling session by Jamie 'Why wait till the final whistle lets swaps shirts now' Carragher on Cesc Fabregas in the penalty area.

Whilst I don't like to harp on about refereeing decisions (as every team have to put up with their incompetence) Webb certainly seems to have a disliking for the Gunners.

Or am I imagining things?

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Date:Tuesday October 30 2007
Time: 12:52PM


All I can say is I bet tippex are well pleased with the refusal to sack Webb in the aftermath of the Carling Cup Final. How can a proven liar be allowed to officiate ANY game? Let alone two consecutive games against a side for which he has a clear problem with. Seriously, if I lied about a colleague throwing a punch in my workplace I'd be sacked wouldn't I?
Little Dutch
30/10/2007 12:56:00
From what I recall, Sagna wasn't injured, it was a little forceful and Mascherano got a yellow, but there have been significantly worse tackles completely missed in other games. All defenders pull shirts, and to me it always seems that players who make a big fuss about it never seem to get penalties awarded. I don't recall Webb lying after the CC final ... I recall the linesman adjusting his report and that was clearly a problem with what was said and what was communciated, but surely this hides the fact that Arsenal players lost their discipline at the end of the game. Complain all you like about the penalties subsequently imposed but surely the greater concern for Arsene is that loss of self control by his players.
30/10/2007 13:11:00
Ferguson will be well aware of the history between Arsenal & the Coward, so I fully expect to see a full blown rant about how Webb missed a clear penalty, plus 2 sending's off & numerous other yellow card offences when Arsenal played Liverpool & that he will try & put them right during this match. Infact to be honest I wouldn't even blame Alex for doing that because he knows the FA will be watching him, so the decisions will all go in Utd's favour. He probably cannot believe his luck getting this t****r as ref or maybe it was decided by Gill.
Ashburton Gooner
30/10/2007 13:12:00
I remember him refereeing the United v Chelsea game last season at Old Trafford and that performance was faultless. Hopefully we'll see more of the same cause I don't want a referee blunder to decide the game. I would not say Webb has a dislike for Arsenal: he was bad during the CC final and followed the FA instructions on Sunday that Liverpool must be brought up somehow.
30/10/2007 13:15:00
If the FA are honestly saying they only have 1 person good enough to referee Arsenal v Man Utd, then serious questions have to be asked. To say how well he done in the Liverpool/Arsenal game is a complete joke & shows them up for the farce they are. Of course though midlothian99 could be right about them needing Liverpool to be challenging at the top, in which case Webb had a terrific match on sunday!!
Ashburton Gooner
30/10/2007 13:24:00
English Spur - Just because Sagna wasn't injured means it wasn't a red card?? Rubbish. Did Dirk Kuyt even make contact with the player at Everton? No. Was that a sending off? Of course. Just because a player isn't injured doesnt mean the tackle wasn't wreckless and shouldn't be punished. There has been a rise in these types of challenegs recently, unfortunately something will only be done when a player gets his leg broken. Just because lots of players pull shirts doesnt mean it should be let go. It is against the rules so it should have been a penalty. It's not my place to argue for every other team in the country.
30/10/2007 13:25:00
Rocky7, there seems unfortunately these days an awful lot of whinging about the ref missing things here and there, being too lenient, being too harsh etc. I don't want to see instant replay after every event. It is up to the law makers to say any feet of the ground is a red card, but then players can inadvertently hit the ball and go over the top into the player. Watching the Rugby World Cup final again 12 of South Africa's 15 points shouldn't have been awarded as the ref called the penalties incorrectly and I'm sure if he'd had longer than 0.02secs to make a decision might have made a different one. What happens? .. you just accept officials make mistakes and move on rather than berate them as cowards and liars. If a colleague said another person had thrown a punch but in fact hadn't then undoubtedly you would have to explain yourself. If the person was 100% innocent then you'd probably be seriously disciplined. If you had over exaggerated and although punches were not thrown, the accused had charged aggressively into others, you probably be asked to be more accurate in future. You only get sacked if you make something up completely, not for inaccurately reporting an incident
30/10/2007 13:41:00
So you're saying we should accept a poor standard of refereeing? If a player underperforms, he is dropped, if someone isn't up to scratch at work he would be sacked......but if a refferee is not good enough, we just have to accept it? I'm not buying that. The way the FA behave is that their referees are infalable. Take for instance the ruling that if a ref see's and incident, and acts accordingly, then no further action can be taken after the game. It's ridiculous. Pierre Lugi Collina was one of the finest refs ever, he took no ***** and mistakes were a lot rarer than with other refs. If he can do it, why can the others?
30/10/2007 13:52:00
**why can't others
30/10/2007 13:53:00
I'm not sure Webb has a dislike, its more a case of mistakes being made by the ref. It will be interesting to analyse ALL his games, and look at the number of bad calls that he makes, and if that data is skewed towards a particular side.
30/10/2007 14:16:00
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