Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Video of Fletcher barging the referee
It may not have been quite Di Canio but the slightly grainy video shows just how weak Howard Webb was in punishing dissent from Manchest United players on Monday night. Darren Fletcher quite clearly chases the referee and barges him, there is most definitely physical contact.
Sky strangely edited out this incident on replays and made absolutely nothing of it on their highlights or news programs. No one in the media has even mentioned it, as far as I can see.
Fletcher expressed clear dissent and barged the referee, it was a red card offence, you simply can't make physical contact with referees when dissenting in such an aggressive manner. The fact that Webb didn't even book him tells the story of his weak officiating, of note Rooney also swore at the linesman on at least one occassion, telling him to eff off.
Ignoring the game itself and the poor Arsenal performance, it is quite appalling that Flecther should behave in such a manner and that Webb allow him to do so. 'Respect' was quite clearly nowhere in evidence. One can guarantee if an Arsenal player had done what Flecther did then they would have been red carded and destroyed in the media. The FA and media's silence says more than words could do on the special treatment that a certain club continues to enjoy.