Saturday, 29 December 2012

Villas-Boas hinted at corruption in Premier League


The Ferguson influence story is going to run and run, and I thought it was a good time to delve back into the archives to examine some words of the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas from earlier this year:

"'It would be brilliant to be able to talk about this, but I paid a very high fine last season and I don't want to do it again.....In this country, it is impossible to respond to it"

It is extremely worrying that the referee selection process for Premier League games is so biased and completely hidden from public view.  Chris Foy has an interesting record of bad decisions against Villas-Boas, and his appointment for Tottenham's trip to Old Trafford appeared to be yet another interesting coincidence.  Strangely these interesting coincidences seem to be so regular that it makes it very hard to ignore the way referees are influenced by Ferguson's intimidation, as Jeff Winter, an ex-PL referee, points out:

"I'm not a psychologist so I don't know how that has affected referees' performances in the past or what impact it will have in the future when it comes to debatable decisions. But it is fair to say that it can't be a healthy situation when he gives referees so much stick and human nature is bound to be a factor so his criticism could rebound on him."

One must remember that after Tottenham won at Old Trafford Chris Foy was bizarrely relegated to League 2 for his next game, the FA told us this was not a punishment, but it simply couldn't be anything else.  Of note Foy, after presiding over a United defeat at the Emirates, did not referee a Manchester United game again for another year.  Another random coincidence?

Events speak for themselves and the grim picture of bias in Premier League refereeing is becoming clearer by the week.  The facts are clear.  The process of referee selection is biased and hidden from public view.  The FA selectively enforce the rules in a manner that allows certain clubs to remain immune from prosecution while others are routinely silenced for openly speaking the truth.  The system is bent, and this is sad for football in this country.

13 comments:

Andrew Green said...

As a Spurs fan I agree. The system is bent with Manchester Utd the main benefit. I'm sure money must have changed hands at some point because the amount of decision Utd get for them goes beyond coincidence.

JD DUCKETT said...

EVERY WHERE IN THE WORK PLACE HUMANOIDS WILL ALL WAYS BE TEMPTED TO BREAK THE RULES FOOTBALL IS NO DIFFERENT , EVER SINCE ADAM AND EVE WERE BROUGHT TO THE WORLD THEY BROKE THE RULES SO IN MY OPIOIN EVERY ONE KNOWS FULL WELL RIGHT FROM WRONG , BUT AS THEY SAY IF YOU CAN`T BREAK IT IF YOU CAN`T EAT IT HUMANOIDS WILL STEAL IT JUST TO BE ABLE TO SAY TO THEM SELVES I GOT THAT FOR NOTHING DID`NT I DO WELL .

Margin said...

I wrote about this at the time of the Italian scandal over referee selection. A closed system, not open to public scrutiny, with fines for anyone questioning it, is made to measure for corruption. That our referee selection process fits this description should have been cause for anger for many years.

Unknown said...

Humanoids?? "As they say" they? You mean you. You need to get out more

Sceptical Steve said...

When the Bundesliga discovered that it had a problem with refs being corrupted, they altered their procedures so that officials were allocated to matches by ballot just 48 hours before kick off.
Their system is simple, transparent and fair and the failure of the FA and PL to follow their lead just invites corruption of all sorts.

UPYOURARSEnal said...

when Fergie retires I believe we will learn some sad truths about his time. If it can be proved to have decided titles or cups they must be striped from the club. However, I dont see England ever admitting to such scandal lightly.

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Uncle Mike said...

I'm glad to see Andrew's comments. This is evidence that, whatever we think of their taste in football clubs, Tottenham fans do care about the game.

This cannot be said of United fans, who, to borrow Mort Sahl's phrase about America's Republican Party, believe they've earned everything they've stolen.

As far as I'm concerned, Manchester United have not won the League honestly since 1967. If that. Whether Matt Busby was honest, I don't know, but he couldn't have been less so than Sir Gumchomper.

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Graham Colley said...

Corruption in football is so blatantly obvious,the fact they won't allow replay technology is all the proof you need!!! If it was introduced it would instantly remove any influence from the crooked refs who are destroying the English game along side the FA!

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